Thank You Team Sunshine & Smiles

Thank You Team Sunshine & Smiles

On Saturday 7th July & Sunday 8th July a wonderful number of people took part in the Mini & Junior Fun Runs & Leeds 10K to raise funds for Sunshine & Smiles!

Both days were very hot and everyone did so well to run their races & to finish safely …. a total of 42 runners!!!

We are so grateful for everyone’s support and what a fabulous team atmosphere with all the people cheering us on both days too!

So far these all these amazing people have raised £3,619 …. wow… thank you!!!

Cafe 21 … Keep Popping Up!

Cafe 21 … Keep Popping Up!

The Cafe 21 team continue to pop up at a variety of events in & around Leeds!

On 24th June were serving drinks & refreshments for a fundraising Wine Walk in Far Headingley with the proceeds from the event being donated to Sunshine & Smiles.

Then on Friday 29th June we were invited to serve drinks & refreshments for the inaugural event of Sikh Alliance Yorkshire, Love Thy Neighbour,, raising awareness of mental health issues.

Both events were a huge success for everyone involved and Team Cafe 21 worked incredibly hard as always and did us proud!

Marks & Spencer Moortown choose Sunshine & Smiles as Charity of the Year

Marks & Spencer Moortown choose Sunshine & Smiles as Charity of the Year

We are thrilled to announce that colleagues at Marks & Spencer Moortown store have voted Sunshine & Smiles as their Charity of the Year for the next 12 months.

Clare Healey, Charity Co-Ordinator, said

“The store staff were given a selection of local charities and voted for their favourite for this year.  Sunshine and Smiles was a particular favourite because it is a small local charity and it was felt we could help raise awareness as well as making a difference to many local children and young people.”

We are looking forward to working alongside Marks & Spencer and will be doing regular bag packs and collections at the store, as well as getting the team there involved in our activities and events!

Ailith Harley-Roberts, Service Manager from Sunshine & Smiles says “We are so pleased to be offered this opportunity with Marks & Spencer and to be working as a team to raise funds & awareness for Sunshine & Smiles. We hope this partnership will be of great benefit to both organisations.”

Nominate Sunshine & Smiles for Ison Harrison’s Big 40

Nominate Sunshine & Smiles for Ison Harrison’s Big 40

To celebrate their 40th Anniversary Ison Harrison Solicitors will be supporting 40 local charities to receive a special gift … this could be anything from a cash donation to a gift experience for the charity and it’s members.

But they need the help of the local community to choose those 40 charities!

We would love for Sunshine & Smiles to be chosen to receive support from Ison Harrison as there are so many ways in which a gift from them could help!

So we are asking everyone to take a couple of minutes to nominate Sunshine & Smiles to them to be in with a chance of being one of the 40 chosen charities!

If you could make a nomination we would be very grateful … and the link to read more and make a nomination is here: Read More & Nominate – The Big 40

Thank You Dman & friends!

Thank You Dman & friends!

Thank you to Dman & friends (AKA Lyall’s brother Dan) who arranged an inclusive and accessible club night on Saturday 16th June at Hyde Park Book Club.

It was a very relaxed & friendly atmosphere with family focused fun & activities for the early part of the evening which many of our Sunshine & Smiles families enjoyed.

The rest of the night also proved to be a huge success with people partying until 4am!

What a fantastic idea and hopefully something Dman & friends can build on for future events that promote inclusion and accessibility for all at club nights!

Not only was the evening fantastic the event has raised £1100.00 for Sunshine & Smiles … a huge thank you from all of us Dan!!


The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge – Done!!!

The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge – Done!!!

Thank you so much to everyone who took on the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge on Saturday 2nd June.

17 amazing walkers setting off from Horton in Ribblesdale at 7.30am to tackle the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge under the guidance of David Wilson from Experience Northumberland, who has led this walk for us for 3 years now!

Yorkshire’s 3 highest peaks – Pen-y-ghent, Whernside & Ingleborough – 25 miles, 3 peaks, all in a target time of 12 hours!

Raising vital funds for Sunshine & Smiles – Leeds Down Syndrome Network.

Despite a damp and cloudy day, everyone completed the walk safely and agreed it was a fantastic, if tough challenge!

Our favourite quotes from the day:

‘I love these walks because I get to know new people’

‘I didn’t think it would be this hard’

‘I feel like I have conquered the world’

So far the 3 Peaks Challenge Fundraisers have raised a combined total of £1837.50 .. could you help us get to £2000!!??


You can donate to this year’s team: Donate To Us Here


Sign up to another one of our fundraising challenges this year – Leeds 10k on 8th July or the Great North Run on 9th September … drop us an email on or ring 07902 054355

Shop with Amazon & Search with Savoo … and raise funds for Sunshine & Smiles

Shop with Amazon & Search with Savoo … and raise funds for Sunshine & Smiles

Savoo Search, Save and Raise

We’re excited to announce Savoo Search, Save and Raise as one of our new fundraising partners, and we’d like to introduce you to this innovative way of donating. Simply use Savoo Search as your default search engine (the same way as you would your current search engine) and Savoo will donate 1p for every search. If you’re looking to do some online shopping and want to get a great deal, Savoo has thousands of voucher codes and deals that will help you save money & they will donate to Sunshine and Smiles at the same time – find out more & support Sunshine & Smile by clicking here: Link to Savoo

Shop with Amazon Smile and Donate

We are now also registered with Amazon Smile so that every time you shop using Amazon you can donate to Sunshine & Smiles … all you need to do is follow this link to choose Sunshine & Smiles as the charity you would like to support: Link to Amazon Smile and then always do your Amazon shopping using the Amazon Smile site – your account, shopping cart etc will all be the same as the standard Amazon site … but this way you can support Sunshine & Smiles too!

Please share with your family & friends as every little helps!

Sunshine & Smiles Gorgeous Spring Fair – Saturday 12th May

Sunshine & Smiles Gorgeous Spring Fair – Saturday 12th May

Our gorgeous Spring fair is on 12th May from 1.00pm – 4.00pm at Stainbeck Community Hall.

We will have lots of wonderful stalls including Zany Faces Facepainting & The Body Shop  – plus nearly new toys & clothes, tombolas, raffle and seed planting in our lovely garden!

Shiny the hedgehog might even pop to say hello!

Refreshments will be served by our amazing Cafe 21 team.

If anyone would like a stall or is available to help out on the day or to donate cakes, buns or biscuits we would be extremely grateful – please email

Please share with all your friends & family … everyone is welcome!!

Arena Group Leeds Mini & Junior Runs – Saturday 7th July

Arena Group Leeds Mini & Junior Runs – Saturday 7th July

It’s been a few years since Sunshine & Smiles were the partner charity for this fab children & young people’s event which is run the same weekend as Leeds 10k – why not make it a weekend of family running as we have a few Leeds 1ok places left too!!

It was fantastic to witness the sea of Sunshine & Smiles families in their running vests & t-shirts heading out from Leeds dock in 2015 and even though we’re not the partner charity this year it would be wonderful if we could get a Sunshine & Smiles team together to run!

New for 2018, both the mini and junior events will take place at the John Charles Centre for Sport in South Leeds – easily reached from across the city and with ample onsite free parking.

Youngsters aged 3 to 8 can tacke a 1.5km course – they’ll need a grown up to take part too, Those aged 9 and above can take on a 2.5km course and don’t need an adult to run with.

Run For All events aim to be entirely inclusive, regardless of ability. So, if your child has mobility or other issues or has any other special considerations, please get in touch so we can help you and them have the best experience.

The atmosphere is set to be electric, the perfect confidence booster for all the little ones (and some of the bigger ones!) crossing the line. Every finisher will also receive a goody bag and finisher’s medal to show the world they did it!

To find out more & register to run you need to go to the Run for All website 

Once you’ve registered you can set up your very own fundraising page for Sunshine & Smiles via our Local Giving site and we have running t-shirts for children & adults plus paper sponsor forms too … just let us know if you would like any fundraising resources by emailing

We hope to see you on the start line!!


Take part in the Great North Run for Sunshine & Smiles – 9th September 2018

Take part in the Great North Run for Sunshine & Smiles – 9th September 2018

Are you looking for a personal challenge, to do something that makes a difference or just a bit of motivation to get out more!

We are down to our last couple of places for The Great North Run on Sunday 9th September 2018.

A fabulous half marathon starting in Newcastle, heading out over the iconic Tyne bridge and finishing on the sea front in South Shields .. .it’s a great atmosphere with supporters all along the way!

If you would like to run or know anyone who would like a place please contact for more details.

Places cost £60 (cost price) and we can send you sponsor forms and a link to set up your own fundraising page, plus the support of a lovely Sunshine & Smiles team!

Please join us and help us to continue running all of our group & activities plus our much needed individual support to families.

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