The Cedar Court Hotels Yorkshire Wakefield Annual Charity Christmas Lunch (WACCL) brought together more than 350 people from across the Wakefield business community to raise money for charities that provide support and guidance to young people throughout the district.
The lunchtime event, which hoped to generate funds of £40,000 for its four chosen charities; Levi Star, supporting children with brain tumours; Laila Milly Foundation who assist young people with rare neurological conditions; My Burns Club, assisting young people with burn related injuries to live a normal and active life and Theatre Royal Wakefield Youth Academy, providing bursaries to allow disadvantaged youngsters to attend classes, smashed all targets by raising a massive £50,000!
Providing charitable contributions of more than £150,000 in the last five years, this year’s Cedar Court Hotels Yorkshire WACCL event exceeded all expectations with local businesses proving that charity begins at home and Christmas is certainly a time for giving.
The event at Cedar Court in Wakefield, which was oversubscribed, was attended by the ‘who’s who’ from the Wakefield Business Community and Sponsors of the WACCL Children of Achievement Awards, Wakefield Council and Wakefield College.
Chair of the WACCL committee, Ian Taylor, said: “We always say that Wakefield is closed for business when the WACCL event is on and judging by the number of people that attended this year’s celebration that was certainly the case. I think we were all overwhelmed by the generosity of the individuals and organisations in the room and we really cannot thank those that came along enough.
“This money will make a real difference to these charities, all of which work with young people in our district. I am very proud of what we have achieved but there is no resting on our laurels, our job now is to make next year even bigger and better. Watch this space!”