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Candid celebrates the art of giving gracefully – and not just at Christmas.

The Festive Season is almost upon us and for many, it’s an exciting time full of family, fun and frivolity, with the odd mince pie and secret Santa thrown in.  But, for some it can be a lonely time fraught with worry about how to afford the perfect Christmas often portrayed online and on TV. Worse still, there will be children living in Leeds and West Yorkshire who won’t get a single present on Christmas morning.

That’s why this is the fourth consecutive year that we have backed the amazing Cash for Kids ‘Mission Christmas’ appeal run by Radio Aire with a cash donation. The ‘Mission Christmas’ team works non-stop in the run-up to Christmas encouraging shoppers to buy extra presents which they will then distribute to needy children throughout the area.  They also use financial contributions to buy specific gifts for any age-groups that they haven’t received suitable donations for – which is where our donation will help.

It feels good to give a little something back, especially at Christmas time, but we are also very proud to have been involved with another charity this year. Through our sponsorship of the Marie Curie Harrogate charity Golf Day at Rudding Park in Harrogate, we were able to contribute towards the fantastic work of the charity, which provides invaluable care and support to those affected by a terminal illness.

Our clients are also huge advocates of giving and it’s been a delight to see so many individuals and businesses go above and beyond to raise money for causes close to their hearts. This year Adept Civil and Structural Consulting Engineers spent two days volunteering with The Friends of Ilkley Moor (FoIM) and a 16-strong team also tackled a gruelling Tough Mudder challenge to raise more than £1,600 for St Vincent’s. The Leeds charity helps and supports families living in poverty across the city.

The staff, residents and their families at Czajka Care Group’s five care homes and nursing homes have raised thousands throughout the year for several charities including Marie Curie Hospice in Bradford, Cancer Research UK and Dementia UK. Estate agents from Dacre, Son & Hartley have abseiled to raise money Martin House Hospice for Children and Young People, supported a local ‘hair-athon’ to raise money for Frank’s Fund and also championed the ‘Mission Christmas’ campaign with its staff donating gifts, and it offices collecting presents.

Gent Visick was yet again instrumental in the Gladiatorial style urban charity cycling challenge known as ‘The Rampage’ which raises vital funds for LandAid, the property industry charity working to end youth homelessness in the UK, and Variety the Children’s Charity, which works to improve the lives of children and young people throughout the UK who are sick, disabled or disadvantaged.

Two legal professionals from LCF Law, abseiled Ripon Cathedral to raise money for Ripon Cathedral Renewed – which is supporting the development plans for a 21st Century Yorkshire Cathedral. Its family law team has also prepared and drafted 40 wills for free, as part of a national campaign to write free wills in return for a charitable donation to Saint Michael’s Hospice. Its Ilkley office also raised £500 for Ilkley Community Transport which benefits hundreds of people every year by operating a minibus and volunteer car scheme for residents living in the local area, and Ilkley lawyer Neil Shaw, AKA Elvis, was one of a team of 11 who raised a staggering £5,000 for Burley Tereli Friendship Trust (BTFT). Partner Cathy Cook also completed a 135 mile cycling challenge to raise funds for three charities - The Alzheimer's Society, Place2Be and Leeds Community Foundation.

Finally, S Harrison has helped numerous local communities and charities throughout the year with a team successfully completing the Kirkbymoorside 10K to raise over £2,000 for a York-based charity that supports children and young people - The Snappy Trust. Donations to Simon on the Streets in Leeds, Pregnancy Counselling & Care in Scotland, Health All Round In Edinburgh have also been gratefully received.

All in all it’s extremely heart-warming to see so many people donating their time, money and energy to help others – which is what Christmas is really all about.

To find out how to support the Radio Aire Cash for Kids ‘Mission Christmas’ appeal visit: www.radioaire.co.uk/mission





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