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Jun 16

Leeds Building Society will be helping to turn Yorkshire yellow next month to raise vital funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) service.

A wide range of yellow-themed fundraising events will be taking place at the Society’s Leeds Head Office and in each of its 27 Yorkshire branches on Friday July 1 – Yellow Yorkshire Day.

These include yellow-themed cake sales, treasure hunts and a special Thai yellow curry will be served up in the head office café, as an alternative to the traditional Friday fish and chips.

Leeds Building Society’s Colleague Charity Group has chosen to support YAA for the last two years and have so far raised £13,000 for the rapid response emergency service.

Robin Litten, Chief Financial Officer at Leeds Building Society, said: “I was very pleased to attend a presentation from Yorkshire Air Ambulance to hear more about the charity, and also from an accident survivor who benefitted from their work.

“I am delighted that all our Yorkshire-based colleagues are getting involved in Yellow Yorkshire Day to raise funds for this very worthwhile cause.”

Following its hugely successful Yellow Yorkshire Campaign last year, YAA is encouraging schools, businesses, community groups and organisations to have some more yellow-themed fun on Friday July 1.

Kerry Garner, YAA Regional Fundraising Manager, said: “We are really grateful to Leeds Building Society for the tremendous fundraising they have already done for us and for the way they are getting behind Yellow Yorkshire Day.

“We had a brilliant response from people across Yorkshire last year and we’re hoping for another amazing Yellow Yorkshire Day on July 1.”

Yorkshire Air Ambulance serves five million people across Yorkshire and has carried more than 6,600 people in its 15-year history.

The charity has just placed an order for two, brand new state-of-the-art replacements for its current ageing aircraft – G-SASH and G-CEMS – that will take to the skies over Yorkshire later this year and in Spring 2017.

The latest generation Airbus H145 helicopters will give paramedics a much more modern medical fit-out to treat and transport often critically injured patients.

If you would like to get involved in Yellow Yorkshire 2016, please register your details at www.yaa.org.uk to get a fundraising pack. If you would like to donate go to https://www.justgiving.com/yaayellowyorkshire2016/

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