Leeds Cares at Christmas – FAQs

What will my donation pay for?

Each year, many people and businesses from around Leeds very generously donate toys to the children’s hospital so that our younger patients have a gift to open on Christmas Day. We’re incredibly grateful for this kindness, however often these gifts are only suitable for our youngest patients.

This year, we’re launching an appeal so we can spread some festive cheer to the 2,000 people who will be staying at the Leeds Teaching Hospitals over Christmas, including children and teenagers, adults and the elderly. And it’s not just presents – we’ll be funding all sorts, from decorations to Christmas dinner, to make things a little bit more festive and homely.

Donations to Leeds Cares over Christmas will also help to fund our on-going work supporting the Leeds Teaching Hospitals.

Can I still donate toys at Christmas if I want to?

Yes, we will be accepting donations in Clarendon Wing on:

17th December from 9am – 6pm

18th December from 9am – 4pm

If you would like to arrange a toy donation, please contact Jemma Richmond on 0113 206 8412 or email fundraising@leeds-cares.org

Why can’t I donate a toy outside of these dates and times?

Unfortunately as a charity we have limited resources to manage incoming donations of gifts and toys day to day, especially over the busy Christmas period.

By receiving donations on specific days, we are able to plan our time effectively.

Can I still support or donate to a particular area of work?

Yes – you can fundraise or donate to a specific area of the hospital or to a specific project that’s close to your heart, or you can support us more broadly, so we can use your gift where the need is greatest – the choice is yours.

What has happened to the Yorkshire Cancer Centre charity?

All previous appeals – like the Yorkshire Cancer Centre appeal – now fall under the Leeds Cares charity umbrella. We will continue to support Leeds Teaching Hospitals across all wards and departments, including the Leeds Cancer Centre.

Can I donate or buy Christmas cards on your website?

Yes – you can visit leeds-cares.org/donate. If you are buying Christmas cards, please specify this in the information box, along with the pack design/s you would like.

How else can I get involved this Christmas?

We have a number of ways you can get involved over the festive period – please visit our Christmas page here.

How is Leeds Cares regulated?

Leeds Cares is registered with the Fundraising Regulator and follows the Code of Fundraising Practice. We are committed to ensuring our fundraising activities are legal, open, honest and respectful. In addition, our charitable activities are overseen by our CEO, David Welch and an independent board of trustees.

For more information, visit www.fundraisingregulator.org.uk