Foundation nominated for fundraising award after Leeds Big Sleep success

Leeds Rhinos Foundation is delighted to be shortlisted for Fundraising Partnership of the Year at the 2019 Institute of Fundraising (IoF) Yorkshire Awards.

The nomination follows the success of the 2018 Leeds Big Sleep with partners St George’s Crypt and St Gemma’s Hospice, which helped to raise over £32,000.

The sleepout was organised by Gareth Cook, Leeds Rhinos Foundation Head of Community and Engagement, Gail Chapman from St Gemma’s Hospice and Cheryl Harrington from St George’s Crypt- whose charities all work in the community of Leeds to help support vulnerable people.

When asked about the success of the event, Cook commented: “It was great to run the event for the second time. We raised under £20,000 in 2017 but we massively exceeded that total this time around.”

On being nominated for the IoF Partnership of the Year award, he added: “We are delighted to be nominated for this award. The Leeds Big Sleep was a real collaborative effort, with supporters, staff and our charities all coming together to make it such a success and raise a lot of money for some of the city’s most vulnerable people.”

Now in its second year, the awards ceremony is held during the two-day IoF Yorkshire Fundraising Conference, taking place on 23rd & 24th May at The Principal Hotel, York.

Seven prizes will be awarded, as the event celebrates all things fundraising in Yorkshire and the Humber and pays homage to significant fundraising events, campaigns and strategies in the region from throughout the past year. Awards include Best Newcomer, Fundraiser of the Year, Fundraising Team of the Year, Fundraising Leader of the Year, Fundraising Event of the Year, Fundraising Campaign of the Year and Fundraising Partnership of the Year.

For more information on the IoF Yorkshire Awards, contact Search #IoFYorksConf on Twitter.

The Leeds Big Sleep will return for 2019, with details of the event date and how to get involved set to be revealed shortly. To find out more, CLICK HERE.