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 own 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:

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, formerly the Army Benevolent Fund is a British charity. It is the National Charity of the British Army and provides financial and practical support to soldiers, veterans, and their immediate family in times of need, even after they have left the Army.

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

The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation

The Yorkshire Cricket Foundation is a registered charity that delivers community projects across the county. Using the power of cricket, the foundation aims to make a lasting, positive impact on the lives of those living in Yorkshire.

To deliver our work the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation works closely with The Yorkshire County Cricket Club and the Yorkshire Cricket Board to maximise the opportunities available for everyone to learn, participate and benefit from sport.

Our four key themes are; Health and Wellbeing, Heritage, Education and Participation and our projects, programmes and activities are focused on these key areas.

Statement from Eco Trail Trekker

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 through personal sponsorships.

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.

Further to our pledge to donate a minimum of 50% of your entry fees to the nominated charities you may wish to raise funds through personal sponsorship for a charity or cause of your choice. If you choose to do this for another charity or good cause we ask that you request from them how they would like you to pledge your sponsorship donations.