Brightening Children’s Lives

Leeds Children’s Charity creates happy childhood memories for the neediest of families, with fun-filled, week long breaks. With the support of local schools, social workers, families and carers, we take over 400 children away each year where they play, make friends and enjoy respite from the difficulties they face at home.  The charity has recently sold its centre, at Silverdale, and is currently in discussions around merging with another Leeds based charity which will enable us to continue our work.   In the meantime, we are still supporting young people from backgrounds of challenge and disadvantage through delivering breaks across a variety of different locations.


Most of the children we support are aged 7-11 and come from the most deprived areas of Leeds. They are usually referred to us by their school and with the full support of their family or carer, we set about creating a mini break full of fun.

The charity has contact with primary schools in Leeds and each year, the schools are encouraged to refer young people for a holiday, for a break. Each child referred is known by the staff at the school well and as a consequence, the charity is certain that the right young people are being supported. Each year the charity receives more referrals than it can cater for, but is currently working with partners to make sure that the young people who are in need, receive some support.

Support for the work that we deliver is still needed and should you wish to discuss any fundraising activities I would ask you to email directly.  This email can also be used for more general enquiries about our work: for now the telephone numbers remain the same.  Our website will be updated when our negotiations are finalised, but for now the only difference to the work of the charity is where the free breaks for the children are delivered.


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