A fantastic start to 2018 fundraising!

KidsOut once again returned to Elland Road Stadium, home of Leeds United, on 22nd March for our 6th annual black tie fundraising event.  The event was again in the style of popular TV quiz show ‘A Question of Sport’ – this is a format particularly enjoyed by all of our event attendees, and lends itself to lots of fun and frivolity! The event was generously supported again by Burflex Scaffolding.

barratt_kidsout-353Over 80 companies attended the evening from the Leeds and West Yorkshire area, and raised over £110,000, smashing records for the 2nd year running! This makes the 2018 Leeds Event the most successful event EVER thanks to the 870 business people that attended and took part.

Adam Pope  and Noel Whelan expertly hosted the evening’s proceedings once again, with sporting legend Kevin Keegan acting as quiz masters for the sport themed quiz.

The black-tie evening opened with a champagne and VIP reception, which was followed by a fantastic three-course meal served with wine.  In addition to the main sport quiz, attendees could participate in extra activities such as a raffle, Spot the Ball game, Higher & Lower game, a Silent and a Main Auction.  Attendees were given the opportunity to bid on some outstanding prizes such as signed sporting memorabilia, match tickets with hospitality, art, and holidays, including an apartment in Costa Blanca at Alenda Golf and flights for 2.

One of the evening’s highlights was over £14,000 being pledged by guests to take barratt_kidsout-356disadvantaged children in the Yorkshire region on a local Fun Day.  Fun Days promote social bonding between children and their peers, improve confidence and self-esteem, and gives children the chance to speak to and bond with other children in similar situations to themselves, reinforcing the idea that they are not alone.  Several budding half marathoners also signed up to take part in this year’s Leeds Half Marathon in May to raise money for disadvantaged children in the area.

Gordon Moulds, CEO said “Our event at Elland Road is always a great success and I’m thrilled to say the same about 2018! KidsOut really does rely on events like this to help raise awareness and funds for disadvantaged children so it’s fantastic to see so many local businesses helping us do that”.

KidsOut would like to express their sincere thanks to the Yorkshire committee, for organising the event, in particular Ian Ruthven and Lisa Gamble for their ongoing hard work and dedication to the charity.  The charity would also like to thank Burflex Scaffolding for their generous support, and all prize donors and attendees for helping to make the evening spectacular once again.