Ciaran Bingham Foundation Trust have won a prestigious award! They’ve been given an award in recognition of the outstanding contribution they give to the Outer South Leeds Area by the Outer South Community Comitee.
In 2010, the Ciaran Bingham Foundation Trust (CBFT) was set up by friends and family in memory of Ciaran, a young man who died in a motorcycle accident at the age of 19.
The new group was aimed to help both people all over Leeds, identifying ways all social groups can come together to help each other. Mainly, the charity aim to help elderly people.
Quickly, the charity identified social isolation among older people as a major issue. In particular, the charity noticed a need for “out of hours” services and social activities for older people to take place in the evenings, at weekends, and over holiday periods.
Particularly over the busy Christmas period and at times over Summer.
They also identified a need to supplement their activities and other services, provided by statutory and other voluntary sector organisations, and a need for more appropriate “bad weather” services.
Through regular events in different venues across Leeds, the charity are meeting these targets. The charity has established a popular Sunday Lunch Club, the Dementia Cafe and hosts a 1940’s evening complete with a singing war time female trio.
The organisers have worked tirelessly to raise money for the charity as they have also organised a thirteen and a half mile memorial walk, a sponsored sky dive, ladies pamper nights and other themed party evenings.
For further information or to enquire about volunteering:
07799562697 | 07535840424
Recently we had a lovely day with some of our service users doing a photo shoot in the 'Calendar Girls' style & now the calendars are hot off the press!
The calendar is also in memory of Iris Ryan, who is hugely missed by the CBFT team.
Calendars are priced at £7 each with funds going towards providing Christmas Day dinners for isolated & older people in the South Leeds Community.
To order one, please either send a message via Facebook or Twitter or by calling 07535 840424.
It was not your usual event you would find happening at BITMO Gate (Belle Isle) on Saturday (12 September 2015). Margaret Bingham from Ciaran Bingham Foundation Trust had organised a photo shoot for the charities fundraising calendar 2016.
CBTF Calendar aren’t doing any ordinary calendar though, because all the women who were friends of the charity had agreed to pose ‘Calendar Girl’ style, and I had been asked to take the photos.
It was a rainy dark morning in Belle Isle last Saturday which didn’t suit my ‘shooting with daylight’ plan. But I was ready for a challenge. All the ladies had already arrived and were soon choosing and writing down their months between them. Bacon sarnies were served and the beauticians Julie and Elissa where there to do hair and makeup. George Longden appeared at the right time to put up the back drop board and then swiftly left.
All the ladies sat patiently but not necessarily quietly has howls of laughter and encouragement were met with disrobing of dressing gowns and adjusting of feather boas. Mandy McKenzie volunteer with CBFT was there as my assistant to help hold the gold bounce back board and straighten scarves.
Halfway through the clouds came over and we decided to take a break. Again in true CBFT style Margaret had ordered a full buffet to keep the troops going along with a game of bingo. Lucky Miss November won both full house and line.
Look out for the calendars which will be available for purchase at £7.00 soon. Each month’s photo has been tastefully taken with laughter and love to support for the continuing efforts of the Ciaran Bingham Foundation Trust.
The Ciaran Bingham Foundation Trust (CBFT) has been founded to support and deliver projects aimed predominantly at helping elderly and vulnerable people in the community as well as identifying ways all social groups can come together.
On Christmas Day last year she helped them out with delivering six Christmas dinners to elderly people in the area. They delivered over 90 in total in the Holbeck, Beeston, Middleton, Belle Isle and Cottingley areas.
I really enjoyed helping out on Christmas Day (had I not done this, would have been on my own). Hopefully not too soon, but one day may have to have meals delivered to me myself on Christmas day. I drove up to St Peters Church in Belle Isle, to collect the meals and address to deliver to. About 10 volunteers made up into pairs delivered meals to Elderly people’s homes in the area.
I was paired up with a young lady along with her Son, who played happily in the back seat of the car, with his new Christmas toys.
In our case got deliveries in Morley and Gildersome. The young lady decided we go in her car as were going out of the area, and her car had Sat Nav.