Middleton-based charity Health For All features in The Guardian’s latest film promoting its Christmas Appeal which is raising funds for support community anchor projects across Britain.
The short film, part of a series called ‘Anywhere but Westminster’ sees columnist John Harris visiting “the people holding Britain together” through the cost-of-living crisis. After visiting a London foodbank Harris travels north to Leeds and meets people at the Bridge Café in Cross Flatts Park and at Beeston Village Community Centre.
You can watch the full film here, the section on Leeds starts at 3:30 minutes in.
Pat McGeever, Chief Executive of Health For All tod South Leeds Life:
“It’s such an honour for Health for All to be part of The Guardian’s national Christmas Appeal. We were delighted to invite the journalists of such a prestigious national newspaper to visit our centres in South Leeds to see first hand the vital, practical help we and many other charities are offering to help local people survive the cost of living crisis.
“The film clearly shows the importance of local community and self help groups and the resilience, friendships, skills and valuable volunteering opportunities they provide. The film also highlights the crucial role played by local community centres, providing accessible, welcoming spaces for groups providing support, advice, food, warmth.
“We were also delighted to showcase South Leeds, its wonderful people and amazing work, particularly welcoming the film’s positive emphasis on the resilience of local people and their passionate desire to help others facing hardship. Our hope is that not only will the film encourage support for this wonderful Appeal but also secure future support and investment in local community organisations and centres, acknowledging their crucial role in helping communities through the Covid-19 pandemic and are now in the forefront of supporting people through the cost of living crisis.”
You can donate to The Guardian Christmas Appeal by clicking here. All funds raised will go to Citizens Advice and Locality, the national membership network supporting local community organisations.
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