Local dad signs up to become a hero for hospital charity

37-year-old Joe will this year take on a gruelling triathlon in Roundhay Park as part of the Leeds Cares 2020 heroes’ campaign

Local Dad Joe Bennett has once again signed up to support the hospital who fixed his son’s eyesight. 37-year-old Joe, from York has signed up as part of the Leeds Cares 2020 heroes’ campaign and will this year take on a gruelling triathlon in Roundhay Park.

Joe already completed an epic cycle for the charity last year but wanted to become involved in their latest 2020 campaign to find new volunteers and fundraisers who can support Leeds Teaching Hospitals.

The 2020 Heroes campaign, launched this week by Leeds Cares, is searching for local ‘heroes’ who will go above and beyond to help their local hospitals. The charity is looking for new volunteers, community fundraisers and more adventurous people to take on challenges like marathon running and skydiving.

Joe said “Each time we visit Leeds Teaching Hospitals for Theo’s appointments we see more and more evidence of the great work of Leeds Cares does to support our fantastic NHS in Leeds. I hope in 2020 I can do my part by helping to raise a little money for this brilliant cause.”

The charity needs to raise around £5 million every year to support the hospitals of Leeds, purchasing life-saving equipment, refurbishing patient areas and funding vital research.

The heroes campaign offers lots of ways to get involved in 2020, whether it’s giving up 20 hours of your time, taking part in a 2020 challenge event or perhaps donating £20 a month.

Anyone can sign up to become a Leeds Cares hero, you can take part on your own, or even get your local school, community group or colleagues involved.

How could your support help?

Every donation to Leeds Cares makes a big difference, £20 can buy a mastectomy bra for a cancer patient, £20,000 can purchase life-saving equipment on the Neonatal wards at Leeds Children’s Hospital.

There are also special hero medals and certificates up for grabs for those who sign up to support the charity this year.

Kevin Gerrie, Interim Director of Fundraising at Leeds Cares said, “We’re really excited to launch our new 2020 campaign. Everyone who joins Leeds Cares this year will help make a huge difference to patients and families from across Yorkshire.”

To find out more and sign up to be a Leeds Cares hero visit : https://leeds-cares.org/hero2020/

You can support Joe’s fundraising efforts through his JustGiving page.