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Leeds Eco Trail Trekker are delighted to be donating a minimum of 50% of the competitor’s entrance fees to our nominated charities and encourage all participants to connect with your chosen charity to see how you can raise additional funds through individual sponsorship.

Over the last seven years the Macau event has donated over 2millon HK dollars to nominated charities.

If you are a Charity and want to get your supporters to raise individual sponsorship for your Charity you can use the below image on your website – if you email us your Charity logo and hyperlink you will be featured as a charity partner on our website. – Email info@ecotrailtrekker.com

We will notify you of TEAM entries that opt to raise individual funds for your charity and you can direct then where to pay their donations eg. Your charity just giving etc.

Nominated Charities that will benefit from the Leeds Event:

Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice

Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice supports over 260 local children with life shortening conditions and their families in West Yorkshire. However, in the area they cover there are more than 1,300 children who may need their support, so there is much more to do.

The Hospice supports children and families in their purpose-built hospice in Huddersfield as well as in their homes through their acclaimed Hospice at Home service.

They support children and families in many different ways to make their lives just a little bit easier. From offering respite to hydrotherapy, music therapy, neonatal care, counselling or bereavement support; their care team supports the whole family

The Hospice is rated as “Outstanding” by the care quality commission putting them in the top 2% of Health and Social Care providers in the UK

They need to raise £3.8million each year and with just 6% of this coming from government sources, the support of the wider community is vital.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance

It may surprise you to know that the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Charity relies on the generosity of individuals and organisations to help save lives across Yorkshire.

In fact, as a Charity they only receive help through secondment of paramedics from the NHS, through Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

To keep both of Yorkshire`s air ambulances in the air they need to raise £12,000 per day. This is equivalent to £4.4 million per year. As a rapid response air emergency service the Charity serves a population of approximately 5 million people across 4 million acres.

Their two Air Ambulances operate from The Nostell Priory Estate near Wakefield and RAF Topcliffe near Thirsk, and together both Air Ambulances cover the whole of the region.

The Canal & River Trust

The Canal & River Trust is here so you have a place to escape. A place where you can step off the pavement, onto the towpath and breath.

They are a Charity, and they are entrusted to care for 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales.

As we live in an increasingly fast-paced and crowded world, our historic waterways are the antidote to this. They provide an unfenced, ‘no turnstiles’ opportunity to interact with history and nature next to soothing water.

Many people don`t realise that our waterways are only here thanks to the efforts of thousands of volunteers and the generous donations given.

Over 200 years’ old

On top of maintaining 2,000 miles of canals and rivers, which are often over 200 years old they are responsible for an enormous network of bridges, embankments, towpaths, aqueducts, docks and reservoirs and more.

From improving towpaths for cyclists and creating new wildlife habitats to maintaining our distinctive infrastructure, they are constantly working to make our canals and rivers the very best they can be.

It is thanks to our waterways that millions of children have the chance to experience local wildlife, even to see a kingfisher or an otter close up. Those struggling with the pressures of day-to-day life have somewhere to rejuvenate themselves. Many of us have a place on our doorstep where we can simply stretch our legs and soak up 200 years of history.

Our waterway network is a national treasure. It makes people`s lives better. The Trust is here to ensure that it is protected forever

Candlelighters Children’s Cancer Charity

Candlelighters is a children’s cancer charity based in Leeds who support families facing children’s cancer across the entire region of Yorkshire. They support families through all stages of childhood cancer, during treatment, after treatment and during bereavement.
Each year, on average, 150 children are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire and this diagnosis turns the lives of the child and their entire family upside down. Candlelighters support families through providing practical, emotional and financial support during the fight against the cancer, and for years afterwards.

How exactly do Candlelighters help?

  • They fund support roles within Leeds Children’s Hospital, such as social workers to represent families, play leaders to distract children during medical treatments, a speech therapist to assist with the recovery process and many other roles which help to make the unbearable bearable.
  • In February 2015, Candlelighters opened their first Family Support Centre, The Square, next to Leeds Children’s Hospital. Here, they run support groups for different family members (from siblings to parents to grandparents), provide wellbeing treatments for stressed mums and dads and other relatives, and provide a calming atmosphere for parents to have a break from the hospital environment and get a cup of tea or coffee.
  • In September 2016, Candlelighters also launched the one-of-its-kind bus to bring the support services of The Square to families across Yorkshire to remove distance as a barrier to accessing support.
  • Candlelighters provide holidays for families on treatment to have a break, and grants upon initial diagnosis, bereavement and even at Christmas to assist with the financial difficulties that childhood cancer often brings.

How can I find out more about Candlelighters’ work?

Visit www.candlelighters.org.uk, email them on info@candlelighters.org.uk or visit any of their social media platforms:

1) Facebook: @CandlelightersTrust
2) Twitter: @CandlelightersT
3) Instagram: @candlelightersyorkshire
4) LinkedIn: ‘Candlelighters – Yorkshire’s Children’s Cancer Charity’

The Leeds Lord Mayor’s Charity

The incoming Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Jane Dowson has chosen the Candleighters Children`s Cancer Charity to support and raise funds for during her term of office which commences on May 25th 2017.

Charity Partners

Statement from Eco Trail Trekker

Further to our pledge to donate a minimum of 50% of your entry fees to the above charities we encourage you to raise additional funds for a charity of your choice by individual sponsorship.

The organisers of the Leeds Eco Trail Trekker event would be delighted if your TEAM would pledge to raise additional funds for any of the above wonderful charities. All you need to do is tick the Charity your TEAM wishes to raise additional funds for on the drop-down section on the TEAM Entries Registration page. Your details will be passed on to your charity of choice to enable them to contact you.

If you wish you can raise additional funds for ANY other charity you choose, however we ask that you let these charities know that you will be doing this and ask them how they would like you to pledge your sponsorship donations.

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