Wesleyan Foundation Award for Cafe 21

Cafe 21 in Headingley
George, Cafe 21 – Headingley

Sunshine & Smiles have been awarded a further grant from the Wesleyan Assurance Foundation to continue to develop the Cafe 21 project.

The grant will support ongoing research & development for Cafe 21, which offers training and employment opportunities for young adults who have Down syndrome.

We are delighted to have been afforded this support and look forward to the next steps of our cafe project.

 

Sunshine & Smiles Awarded £1000 from Persimmon Homes

Permission HomesA huge thank you to one of our parents from the group, Jill Lund, Mum to Pippa. Jill nominated Sunshine & Smiles for the Persimmon Homes Community Champions campaign.

Jill was delighted to be told that she had been awarded £1,000 to help support Speech and Language therapy sessions for Sunshine & Smiles.

Jill has recently completed Leeds 10K to raise funds and is always looking for potential funding opportunities.

She said: “I am delighted to have been selected by Persimmon Homes and very grateful for their donation. Sunshine and Smiles has been a life line for me. As Pippa’s sole carer and working full time their support and expertise has not only helped me understand who I can best support my daughter, but it is also benefiting Pippa’s development.

Simon Whalley, sales director at Persimmon Homes West Yorkshire, said: “We are delighted to support Jill’s fundraising efforts as her hard work will not only benefit her daughter but also the wider community.”

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.”