St John’s Centre helps The Leeds Fund to grow

Local shopping precinct, the St John’s Centre, has raised money in support of The Leeds Fund, which distributes grants to community groups and charities across the city.

Members of the growing zone Managed by local charity, Leeds Community Foundation (LCF), The Leeds Fund has distributed over £550,000 to date.  

Gathering donations from their Narnia themed musical puppet box that was displayed in the centre at the end of last year, St John’s Centre raised £1,000 in support of the Fund and another local charity. As well as donating money they have also donated seeded paper to a local grassroots charity, Growing Zone, which has been supported by LCF for a number of years. Growing Zone is an amazing local community project which unites local people of all ages and disabilities to learn new things, be out in the fresh air, make new friends and most of all have fun.  

St John’s Centre, joins a host of local businesses which are signing up to support  The Leeds Fund which was launched last year with backing from Leeds born TV Presenter, Gabby Logan, who is the Fund’s Charity Patron, along with Anchor Partner, John Lewis Leeds.  

Centre Director, Susan Mendoza, said: “We have been in Leeds for a long time and we like to play our part in supporting the local community. We are delighted that we have been able to support The Leeds Fund and work with LCF to learn more about the fantastic work community groups are doing in the city and you don’t often get to hear about. Growing Zone is a prime example of this and it is great that we have been able to help them in a small way.”  

Development Director of LCF, Kate Hainsworth added: “We are grateful to the St John’s Centre for their donation to The Leeds Fund and their interest in supporting the community groups we work with. Community groups and charities play an important role in the city and with increasing Government cuts – it is important that we fill this void by increasing donations to The Leeds Fund and ensure these groups receive the funding they need to support local people. We hope other businesses will be inspired by the St John’s Centre and will get in touch to see how they can get involved.”

To support The Leeds Fund or find out how your business can get involved, please visit to donate, or send a cheque made payable to ‘The Leeds Fund’ to Leeds Community Foundation, 51a St Paul’s Street, Leeds, LS1 2TE.

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