Leeds Children’s Charity has been taking young people from backgrounds of challenge and disadvantage to the Silverdale area for over 100 years. Since 1932 the historic centre has catered for the needs of 60,000 young people. Providing each child, a valued week long holiday.
The charity has recently confirmed that 2016 will mark the final season of delivery at the centre and that during the year the Trustees will be looking at how best they can secure the future of the work that it delivers with young people.
This has only been made possible by the agreement that has been reached between Michael Holgate, the owner of a caravan site opposite the holiday camp and the charity’s board. The agreement allows the centre to operate (in full) during 2016 at which point, in November, ownership will be Transferred.
Ian Hargreaves, Chairman of Leeds Children’s Charity, comments:
“This is not the end of the work that the charity delivers. This decision marks a pivotal moment in the life of the charity and it is one that has not been taken lightly. Silverdale is a superb holiday destination; the centre has helped us create wonderful lasting childhood memories for thousands of young people. We would like to extend our most sincere thanks to Michael for allowing us the opportunity to use the Centre for one last season. We would also like to say thank you to everyone who has supported the work of the charity. We will be holding an event at the centre this year to celebrate all that we have achieved together and to say thank you to everyone who has helped”