Video: Leeds Lord Mayor’s tasty way to brew up appeal support

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It’s a tasty way to help brew up extra support to boost the Lord Mayor of Leeds’s fundraising appeal.

Dozens of sweet-toothed fundraisers tucked in to a whole array of mouth-watering treats to raise money for the new Mayor’s chosen charity of the year, Specialist Autism Services (SAS).

Lord Mayor of Leeds, coun Judith Chapman, with Linda Langstaff from Specialist Autism Services

Lord Mayor of Leeds, coun Judith Chapman, with Linda Langstaff from Specialist Autism Services

Councillor Judith Chapman hosted a tasty menu of sandwiches, scones, cakes and patisseries at the city centre’s newest afternoon tea venue, Creams, this afternoon (Monday).

As reported earlier in the Yorkshire Evening Post, the charity is a cause close to her heart as her daughter Harriet, 36, was diagnosed three years ago with autism and uses the charity’s services.

The Lord Mayor of Leeds told the YEP: “It was really fantastic to see so many people in attendance at Creams for our special afternoon tea, which was held in support of my chosen charity this year, Specialist Autism Services.

“The atmosphere was brilliant, and it was lovely to meet so many people on the day over a tasty slice of cake and a cup of tea.

Tea with the Mayor at Creams, in Leeds.

Tea with the Mayor at Creams, in Leeds.

“This really was a day not to forget, and a big thank you also to everyone at Creams for their help.”

The tasty event is the first in what will be an activity-packed year of fundraising for SAS by the new Lord Mayor, throughout her 2015-2016 term of office.

SAS currently supports over 200 adults from its bases, including Dewsbury Road, near Hunslet, and Otley, helping them to develop social skills, confidence and, ultimately, employability.

Autism is thought to affect about one per cent of the population.

It is a lifelong disability which affects how a person communicates with other people and how they make sense of the world around them.

Coun Chapman added: “It’s as important to me to raise awareness as it is to raise money this year.”

Last year’s appeal helped to raise thousands of pounds for the Leeds Children’s Hospital Appeal.