Leeds Chamber of Commerce has opted to support homeless charity St George’s Crypt over the next few months.
A different charity is chosen by the business support organisation each year, with the main fund-raising event being the annual dinner in late January. The nominated charity is chosen by the current president, in this case Paula Dillon of international law firm Womble Bond Dickinson.
St George’s Crypt offers year-round support to the homeless, vulnerable and those suffering addiction. Run from Great George Street in the centre of the city, the charity offers immediate practical support in terms of food, cleanliness and clothing. It was first established in 1930 by the local church.
Paula said of her decision to select St George’s Crypt: “I’ve been closely involved with the charity for several years and so it was an easy decision for me as it’s a cause close to my heart. They really do a fantastic job and so I’m pleased that we can help out in this way.”
St George’s Crypt Director Francis McAllister added: “I’m delighted that Leeds Chamber has chosen St George’s Crypt as its charity. Being Charity of the Year will provide an amazing opportunity to make more people and businesses aware of what we do and how by working together in partnership we can make Leeds a better place to live”.
The charity is being backed during Paula’s second year of office, which runs until July.
Leeds Chamber’s annual dinner takes place on 31 January at the Queen’s Hotel.