Thank you’s and fab fundraisers!!!

Thank you’s and fab fundraisers!!!

ElliottAs ever we have many people to thank for their kindness and generosity

We would like to thank everyone who has made a donation to us this month … we have been overwhelmed and I’m sorry if I miss anyone… Adrian Gill, Deborah Gilmartin, Thelma Stanway, Sue Jowett, Tricia Kyte and everyone who has donated a our groups or via Local Giving!!! We also have an amazing number of people who are doing their own fundraising challenges for us … so thank you to Dexter Millard, Elliott Spiby, Sam Garbett, The IPF 3 Peaks Challenge Team, Andrew Douglas, Mags Cook, Chris Paylor and Ailith Harley-Roberts …. you can see more about each individual’s challenge and their donations page by following this link:

Thank you, thank you, thank you … every donation make us that little bit more sustainable and means we can carry on the work we are doing!

Singing Hands – World Down Syndrome Day Celebration!!!

Singing Hands – World Down Syndrome Day Celebration!!!


What can we say …. an amazing day!!

Thank you to everyone who came …. thank you to everyone who put so much time and energy into the planning and organising …. thank you to all our wonderful staff, committee, trustees and volunteers … thank you to Singing Hands and Roundhay Ukulele group for fantastic entertainment and fun…. thank you to The Village hotel for their hospitality and responsiveness to all our requests… thank you to the team from International Personal Finance for their help, doing the raffle and name the bear… thank you to everyone who donated raffle prizes, thank you to John Edmonds for our wonderful video and thank you to Jonathan Turner for his fabulous photography…

Thank you too for everyone who donated to Sunshine and Smile and bought biscuits, buns, badges etc … we raised just over £500 🙂

And a huge thank you to everyone who donated for Madison and her family … your generosity meant we were able to give them £280 🙂

We’ve had so much lovely feedback and it’s great to know that everyone had such a great time!!


Wear a Sunshine or a Smile Day … thank you!!!

Wear a Sunshine or a Smile Day … thank you!!!


Jayne - Tumblebees

Chapel A Connie PaisleyThank you to everyone who joined in with our Wear a Sunshine or a Smile day … it was fabulous to see so many photographs of Sunshine-y and Smiley people and to know that lots of people were raising awareness for World Down Syndrome Day!!

Pictured we have Jayne from Tumble Bees who asked her classes to wear yellow and gave out Sunshine and Smiles stickers; Kevin, Ailith, Aiyana and Thalia at Chapel Allerton Primary School and the beautiful Connie and gorgeous Paisley…. all looking fabulous!!

We also had some very generous fundraising so very grateful thanks also to:

Alwoodley Nursery – £77.16

Churwell Primary School – £80.39

Chapel Allerton Primary School – £204.21

Leeds Mini and Junior Runs … Official Charity Partner :-)

Leeds Mini and Junior Runs … Official Charity Partner :-)

SophieWe are delighted to announce that Sunshine and Smiles is the official charity partner of this year’s Jane Tomlinson Run for All Mini and Junior Runs here in Leeds on Saturday 11th July.

This is a fantastic event and we hope that as many families as possible and the friends will join in and run on the day …. you can read more and follow the link to register here:

If you would like to fundraise for Sunshine and Smiles you can set up an individual fundraising page by following this link then clicking the ‘Fundraise for us!’ button at the bottom right hand side. We also have paper sponsor forms that we can email or post to you … just contact us at if you would like some.

If your child is under the specified age limit or you want to talk about any special considerations to enable your child to take part just get in touch with us and we can talk directly to the organisers to arrange a place for your child.

We will be there on the day to cheer everyone on!!!

Wear a Sunshine or a Smile Day – WDSD 2015 :-)

Wear a Sunshine or a Smile Day – WDSD 2015 :-)

Sunshine and Smiles Cookies - Chocolatum - WDSD 2014

21st March is World Down Syndrome Day.

World Down Syndrome Day is a global awareness day which has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. Each year the voice of people with Down syndrome, and those who live and work with them, grows louder. But there is still so much more we can do!

Down Syndrome International encourages our friends all over the world to choose their own activities and events to help raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.

To raise awareness about Down syndrome in our local area we are asking people to wear a Sunshine or a Smile for the day

The aim is to get people talking about World Down Syndrome Day so you could:

  • wear a Smiley or Sunshine badge or sticker
  • paint a Sunshine or a Smile on your face
  • be a Sunshine by wearing something bright yellow

Just as long as you are Sunshine-y and Smiley all day long to get people talking about Down Syndrome and what it means to them …

We have flyers and a covering letter if anyone would like to approach their nursery, school or place of work to ask if they would support the day … most people will probably be doing this on 20th March as the 21st is a Saturday!

Please let us know if you would like any further information!

Email: Telephone: 07902 054355