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

Ailith Harley-Roberts is Awarded Yorkshire Woman of Achievement 2018 for Community Impact

Ailith Harley-Roberts is Awarded Yorkshire Woman of Achievement 2018 for Community Impact

On 18 May, our Service Manager, Ailith  Harley-Roberts was awarded Yorkshire Woman of Achievement 2018 for Community Impact in recognition of her amazing contribution to Sunshine & Smiles, her tireless fundraising efforts and her determination to make a difference.

Ailith said: ‘Sunshine & Smiles is borne out of so many people supporting each other, sharing their stories & experiences and striving to make things different.
The award that I received for Community Impact belongs to everyone who is, has been & will be part of Sunshine & Smiles. The hard work, dedication & commitment of all our staff, volunteers & trustees, the people who run sessions for us & work in partnership with us, our friends & families who enable us to do all the things we do and offer time, love, support & cake in abundance. The people who champion our cause & believe in what we do.We know there is so much more work to do & many more families & young people we need to support better!’

The Sue Ryder Women of Achievement Awards celebrates the achievements of incredible women from across Yorkshire.


The moment Ailith won the Community Award today at the Yorkshire Women of Achievement Awards! Congratulations again lady!

Posted by Kerry Maule on Friday, 18 May 2018

Search, Shop and Donate for Sunshine & Smiles with Savoo and Amazon Smile

savoo searchSavoo 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




Amazon SmileShop 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!!


A Beautiful Partnership with Phoenix Health & Wellbeing

A Beautiful Partnership with Phoenix Health & Wellbeing

Just a little reminder to all our Sunshine & Smiles families about our wonderful partnership with Phoenix Health & Wellbeing … we all know how busy life can be and that sometimes extra hurdles can take their toll which is why we teamed up with Phoenix.

Phoenix offer a range of complementary therapies, massage and counselling – 3 years ago we raised funds specifically to create this partnership so that anyone who is part of Sunshine & Smiles can access any of these services free of charge, whenever they need them.

To get the code to quote for free treatments please see the group Facebook page or email … all treatments are provided anonymously and Sunshine & Smiles just get an invoice for treatments with the group code but with no personal details at all. Or if you prefer we can con

Please see below for more details of some of the services available or visit their website here: Phoenix Health and Wellbeing Website


Relaxing Body Massage

Relaxing body massage at our Leeds City Centre venue aims to gently warm and stretch the muscles.  The therapist uses techniques which have been proven to be effective in reducing muscle tension and cleansing muscle tissue. The massage techniques have also been proven to reduce the production of stress hormones and stimulate the release of positive endorphins in the brain.

Aromatherapy Aromatherapy massage uses plant extracts to treat physical and emotional conditions.  The oils extracted from certain plants have specific properties. When we combine these oils they form a powerful mixture that will really enhance the effect of our massage.Reflexology 

Reflexology is a therapy that uses nerves or reflex points in the bottom of your feet to stimulate organs and structures in the body. It is based on the principle in Chinese medicine that we all have energy channels which run vertically through the body. The energy in these channels is a vital life force or Chi.

All of these energy channels can be accessed via the feet. Reflexologists have mapped the structures as well as organs of the body to specific points on the feet.  This allows a trained reflexologist to use the treatment to provide a non-invasive approach to promoting health and wellbeing.

Craniosacral Therapy

Dr William Sutherland was the pioneer cranial osteopathy from which craniosacral therapy treatment came. Discovering intrinsic movements of the bones in the head and different rhythms in the body.  He found that these movements are inextricably linked to mental as well as emotional health.

Our bodies cope daily with physical and emotional stresses which can cause the body tissues to contract. We rarely realize how tight we are inside and do not take time to relax and allow the tissues a chance to release by themselves.  Craniosacral treatment helps to relax your overstimulated nervous system and promote rest and relaxation which in turn enhances your body’s natural ability to heal.

Hot Stone Massage

A hot stone massage uses heated volcanic stones to warm tight muscles. Your therapist will position the hot stones on specific points around the body, usually the shoulders as well as the spine. The heat from the stones penetrates into the muscle and helps to disperse tension. This makes the superficial and deeper muscles relax and the massage therapist can then give a deeper massage. Sometimes the massage therapist also uses the stones during the massage.


Counselling gives you the opportunity to talk about issues affecting your life in a safe and confidential environment. Our counsellors will listen to you and help you work through any problems or difficulties you may have in your life. They are here to help you understand how past experiences may be affecting your life today, and your relationships.

Counselling can provide you with a space to think about how you deal with life events and help you to make your own choices.

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.