Brewery staff brave Three Peaks to support Holbeck Together

Northern Monk Brewery based in South Leeds has raised £5,000 to support Holbeck Together’s community supermarket.

Donning their very best walking gear the team successfully conquered the towering heights of the Yorkshire Three Peaks – Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough – and showed their commitment to supporting community initiatives in the area where they have put down roots.

What began as a lifeline for families in Holbeck, offering people a source of affordable sustenance during the Pandemic has now evolved into a steadfast pillar of support, as families continue to grapple with the financial repercussions of rising food prices and mounting bills.

The numbers benefiting from this affordable supermarket speak for themselves and show the continued need for such provision:

  • Over 3,000 attendances since opening with an average of 60 community members using the shop each week.
  • 36,000 food items placed onto the plates of families across LS11.

Where needed most food parcels including fresh fruit and vegetables distributed free of charge ensuring no one goes hungry across Holbeck.

Ciaran Shier, representing Northern Monk Brewery highlighted why the team chose to support Holbeck Together’s Community Supermarket:

“We’ve chosen to raise money for Holbeck Together’s community supermarket, as we are committed to working with our local communities to give back and create positive change. We have seen in so many ways the difference Holbeck Together’s activity makes to the local community, and we believe businesses can be a force for good when partnering with local charities.”

Elissa Newman, Director at Holbeck Together noted:

“Northern Monk demonstrate how local businesses can make a massive difference – we can now sustain our social supermarket over the winter months.”

Well done to the members of the Holbeck Together team who joined Northern Monk showing collective support on the last Peak.

Holbeck Together’s Service Development Officer, Matthew Springthorpe with Ingleborough in the background


This post is based on a press release issued by Holbeck Together

Photo: The team in front of the iconic Ribblehead Viaduct 


While you’re here, can we ask a favour?

South Leeds Life is published by a not-for-profit social enterprise. We keep our costs as low as possible but we’ve been hit by increases in the print costs for our monthly newspaper – up 83% in the last 12 months.

Could you help support local community news by making a one off donation, or even better taking out a supporters subscription?

Donate here, or sign up for a subscription at

Thank you for your support