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Money raised for Lord Mayor's chosen charity

 Non-uniform day supports Candlelighters charity 

On Friday 18th May Leeds West Academy held a non-school uniform day for The Lord Mayor’s chosen charity Candlelighters based in Leeds.

Students were delighted to hear from the Lord Mayor, Councillor Jane Dowson, and Community Fundraiser for Candlelighters, Jen Aspinall, in their assembly hall as part of the team’s visits across the region for Just One Day.

Candlelighters support families across the whole Yorkshire region that are affected by all stages of childhood cancer - during treatment, after treatment and through bereavement.

Leeds West Academy are delighted to announce that we raised £887.30 for the charity. This money will go towards renovating the Candlelighters Cottage, which will provide four families with accommodation every night, 365 days a year, whilst their children are being treated at Leeds Children's Hospital.  

Amy Harrison, Corporate Fundraiser for Candlelighters said: “Just One Day was a great opportunity for all areas of the fantastic Leeds community to come together in aid of Candlelighters. This initiative, led by the Lord Mayor of Leeds, was to raise money for the refurbishment and running of the Candlelighters Cottage, in which families of children with cancer can stay when their child is receiving treatment at Leeds Children’s Hospital. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the people of Leeds in supporting this initiative, and are so grateful to the staff and students at both Leeds West Academy for their passion and enthusiasm; helping us raise much needed money and awareness.”

Jen Aspinall, Community Fundraiser for Candlelighters said: “Leeds West Academy was the first appointment of the day for the Lord Mayor and I. We were absolutely thrilled with the enthusiasm and brilliant questions the students asked us both. It really shows how engaged young people are in their communities. Their willingness to raise funds and understand how important this is to helping those children with cancer and their families is really wonderful.”

Megan in Year 11 at Leeds West Academy said: “Candlelighters and the Lord Mayor gave a really inspiring talk about the charity. I didn’t realise how important a non-uniform can be and how raising money can impact so many people’s lives.”