Well another busy week in the Foundation Calendar and the team have been busy trying to keep our events going despite the rain!
Sunday saw Bob Bowman (Foundation Trustee) and Greg Mulholland MP (Foundation VP) finish their amazing challenge by completing the London Marathon – having already run the Paris Marathon and then cycled back through France, Belgium and England, via Hull York and Leeds, and finally reaching London on Saturday. Watching the footage (from the comfort of my sofa!), I was in absolute awe at all the 35,000 people out there running for the causes that are so important to them. A huge thank you and congratulations goes to Bob, Greg and the whole Mike Tomlinson Team for completing this feat in aid of the Leeds Rugby Foundation and the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.
Monday was a bit of a boring admin day, but I got lots done in the office – it makes a change to be there for a whole day!
Tuesday brings the latest Children’s Day meeting. Plans for this event are in full swing, with lots of exciting things planned with the help of all our fantastic partners and volunteers. Unfortunately I can’t say too much as its all hush hush until we launch fully! I can however tell you it will be a brilliant event so put Sunday 22nd July in your diaries to make sure you don’t miss out! In the evening I pick up the Super League Trophy and head off to Deeva Restaurant in Farsley where they are holding a ‘Night with the Rhinos’ in aid of the Foundation. We are privileged to have first team players Kyle Leuluai and Jamie Peacock there supporting the event which was a huge success raising over £1,300!! A huge thank you to everyone who came along on the night and gave so generously. Deeva announce that they are going to use the money to join the Headingley Heroes scheme (100 people and organisations giving £1,000 a year to the Foundation to support all our important projects in the community) which is fantastic end to the day!
Early start on Wednesday to drop of the trophy and a DVD about the Foundation to Morgan Sindall (another of our fabulous Headingley Heroes) for their event. On to a meeting with the Head Teacher of Roundhay School who just held a dress down day for us and raised £1,300! Amazing! Then for the rest of the day its interviews for our new Administrator role… we’re looking forward to having a new member of the team!
In the evening, I am lucky enough to be invited to the Leeds United Foundation’s Awards for the young people who have achieved so much through their programmes. It was great to find out a bit more about their work and see such inspiring young people receive awards.
Thursday morning, I’m off to Roundhay School to collect some of Bob’s sponsorship money and find out how he is recovering after the challenge. It’s just a quick stop as then I’m back to the office to meet with one of our volunteers who will be delivering the maternity cover for our Women’s and Girls Officer and catch up on my emails. In the middle of my emails is a brilliant surprise from LeedsTrinity Community Initiative Fund who have very kindly awarded us £1,000! What a fabulous email to get on a wet Thursday morning – it certainly brought some sunshine to the office!
Friday sees me chained to my computer to send out some more all-important funding applications to ensure we can continue the great projects that the Foundation delivers every day in the community. And all of a sudden it’s the weekend! Another week has flown by – thank you to everyone who made it such a wonderful one!