A Special Thanks to Wesleyan Foundation

A Special Thanks to Wesleyan Foundation

We were delighted to be invited to attend a celebration event with Wesleyan Assurance and Wesleyan Foundation to say thank you for the funding Sunshine & Smiles has received to develop our Cafe 21 project.

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The event was to celebrate 1 million pounds of funding being distributed to over 200 community groups in the UK since the Wesleyan Foundation was created in 2017.

It was also great to be able to thank Leeds Community Foundation and Heart of England Community Foundation who have made it possible for organisations like us to apply for a grant from the Wesleyan Foundation.

Louise Palin, one of our Cafe 21 team, shared some of her thoughts with over 90 people from other beneficiary groups, Wesleyan and local Community Foundations … her last few words summed things up perfectly: help, kindness, people, & cake.

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Thank You Lloyds Bank for Your Day to Make a Difference!

Thank You Lloyds Bank for Your Day to Make a Difference!

Every year Lloyds Banking Group give an opportunity to their colleague’s to spend at least one day volunteering for a charity or community project of their choice. This year, one of Lloyds departments chose Sunshine and Smiles.

This volunteering programme is hoping to deliver 2.3 million hours by 2020 and have already reached 1 million, and we are so unbelievably grateful that they chose us as one of their charities.


We saw this gesture as a great opportunity to give the Sunshine and Smiles Hub a new lease of life, and got our paint brushes at the ready to freshen the place up! It was a wonderful day, full of hard work, snacks, and a well deserved transformation.

Big thank you to every volunteer from Lloyds Banking Group, especially those who travelled as far as Scotland!


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Thank You to Our Rowers

Thank You to Our Rowers
On Friday 14 September Specialist Legal Recruitment Company, Sacco Mann held their annual charity challenge, to raise funds for Sunshine and Smiles and St Gemma’s Hospice.
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Lots of teams took part throughout the day, even our Service Manager Ailith ended up getting involved!
As well as the rowing event, freshly baked cakes were being sold to increase donations and a raffle also took place. It was a fun packed day full of exercise, cake consuming and of course, smiles.
Thanks to everyone who took part to raise money for both charities, the total amount raised was £1,000 which will be split between the two, which is amazing! 🙂 Congratulations to Sagars who were the winning team!
Keep up to date with our future charities fundraisers here!

Recruiting all the Sunshine & Smiles Superstars!

Recruiting all the Sunshine & Smiles Superstars!

calendarVery soon we will be launching our very own Sunshine and Smiles 2019 Calendar, full of photos that really showcase who we are.

We have been taking lots of pictures throughout the year, but we need more!

Kerry Maule will be joining some of the sessions over the next couple of weeks to snap away, but will also be taking individual photos after the sessions have finished.

If your child or young person would like to have their photo taken in our Sunshine and Smiles T-shirts, just say hello to Kerry on the day!

Please let Kerry know if you wish for your child or young person to not be photographed.

The first photo shoot day will be this Saturday at Stainbeck Community Hall at the Speech and Language Groups.

Once all the photos have been collected, the 2019 Sunshine & Smiles Calendar will be created and available for families to purchase! The perfect Christmas gift!!

Get smiling! 🙂


EHCP Information Morning at Irwin Mitchell Leeds

EHCP Information Morning at Irwin Mitchell Leeds

Irwin MitchellIrwin Mitchen are delighted to invite you to join them for an information morning.

The solicitors company will be hosting a number of presentations around the following subjects:

  • Educational care and health plan, access to benefits and current topics around financing and particularly transport to schools – Rachael Smurthwaite, Public Law Solicitor
  • Equipment provision and how to access it A talk – Caroline Murphy, Occupational Therapist
  • Focusing on developing plans, getting the best out of education and options after full time school ends – Judith James, Educational Psychologist

Please join us for coffee at 10:00 am with a view to starting the presentations at 10:30am.

The talks will be followed by an opportunity for parents to ask questions and to meet with the professionals to chat informally over a light lunch which will be provided. The event will finish at 1:00pm.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Becky Wesley

Email –  becky.wesley@irwinmitchell.com

Phone 0114 274 4966

We look forward to seeing you there 😊

Sunshine & Smiles Named One of Ison Harrison’s Chosen Charities

ison harrisonSunshine and Smiles has been shortlisted as one of Ison Harrison’s 2018 chosen charities, and will receive one of their 40 prizes.

This year marks the 40th Anniversary of Ison Harrison Solicitors and as part of their celebrations they are supporting 40 local charities by giving away 40 special gifts. The process involves public nominations and we are unbelievably pleased to announce that Sunshine and Smiles has been shortlisted as one of the forty!

Ison Harrison said “we would like to make a donation of ÂŁ250 to help with the great work you do. We saw on your website that a donation of this value will buy fruit and milk for all your group sessions for a year, so we trust our contribution will help.”


We would like to thank everyone who nominated Sunshine and Smiles, Ison Harrison for their donation and considering us to be a worthy charity, and every one of you who has supported us over the years – thank you!



Well done to our Great North Runners!

Well done to our Great North Runners!

On 9 September five supporters of Sunshine and Smiles, including the Service Manager, Ailith Harley-Roberts went to Newcastle to run 13.1 miles in the Simplyhealth Great North Run.


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All of us at Sunshine and Smiles are always proud and grateful to anyone who endures an event to raise money for our charity, and although the Newcastle half marathon is a pretty route, it’s also very tough!

The following runners are below, along with their local giving pages. Anything you can donate to them to show your support for what was a triumphant day, would be massively appreciated.

Thank you again to our runners, they have raised £1663.00 so far, and you can donate to their pages by clicking on their pictures below, thank you 


Ben Hughes

Caroline Byram

Greg Houfe

Ailith Harley-Roberts

Marcus Dearns

Last Chance to Row for Dough

Last Chance to Row for Dough
Sacco Mann will be running their annual charity challenge to raise funds for Sunshine and Smiles, and St Gemma’s Hospice.


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This years event is rowing, and they are inviting teams of four to enter for ÂŁ40, which will be split between the two charities. As well as the rowing challenge, a raffle and a bake sale will be taking place throughout the afternoon too.
Sunshine and Smiles will be entering a team, so if you’re up for a row – let us know!


There will be plenty of us joining for the bake sale and raffle too if you don’t fancy taking part in the challenge, just come and say hello for a friendly bite to eat.


Please email ailith@sunshineandsmiles.org.uk if you would like to be in one of our teams – thank you!


Friday 14 September, all day.

Broad Gate

1 Broad Gate
Leeds, LS1 8EQ