Since its humble beginnings back in 1904 when it was known as the Leed’s Poor Children’s Holiday Camp Association, our charity has provided a respite holiday for 60,000 disadvantaged and socially excluded children from the local area.
Focusing on children between the ages of 7 and 13, the charity has continually campaigned for the unspoken voice of youngsters who suffer abuse or neglect in their daily lives, live in poverty or act as a young carer for a parent or relative.
Silverdale has always been the destination of choice for the Leeds Children’s Charity, because it perfectly caters for the needs of its guests, with sea air, good food, sunshine and a rest from the pressure of living in a disadvantaged family.
Through war, revolution, political unrest and economic breakdown, Leeds Children’s Charity has continued its work in the local area, only having to close temporarily on two occasions, on account of fire in 1919 and the outbreak of foot and mouth in 2002.
The Lady Mayoress of Leeds
In 1904, Helen Currer Briggs, the Lady Mayoress of Leeds paved the way to providing free holidays for young children whose family income was less than a single pound. Since then it has been the right of every new Lady Mayoress to become the president of the charity.
An ex-Silverdaler herself, Frances McNeil went on to write a fascinating and insightful book entitled ‘Now I am a Swimmer’, which gives a detailed historical account of the first 100 years of the charity. Please click here for more details.