Children at Leeds primary schools have raised £10,393.74 for Simon on the Streets, a charity helping the homeless in Leeds and beyond.
Last December, the ‘Elf Run’ saw nearly 3,000 pupils between the ages of 3 and10 take part in the run (skip and walk) around their school, amongst them covering thousands of miles, dressed as Christmas elves. part in an ‘Elf Run’ around their schools and local areas dressed as Christmas elves.
Participating schools were Colton, Five Lanes, Cookridge Holy Trinity, Holy Name Catholic Voluntary Academy, Little London Community, St Oswald’s C of E, Fieldhead Carr, St Patricks, Summerfield & Beeston Hill St Luke’s C of E.
Simon on the Streets helps rough sleepers across Leeds, Bradford, and Kirklees, offering practical and emotional support. Charity representatives also visit schools during school assemblies, to teach the young students about the realities of homelessness.
Leah Charlson, Fundraising Manager for Simon on the Streets:
“The school children were so engaged during our assembly talks, and they’ve clearly been inspired to raise as many funds as possible as part of their festive fundraising efforts! We’re so grateful to have these young supporters raise thousands to support our work.”
Photographs by Ellie Mac.