Bingley Music Live is delighted to be supporting Bradford Council's Lord Mayor's charity appeal which this year will be raising funds for Bradford Hospitals Children's Charity and the 'Spread a Smile' appeal.

Bradford Hospitals Children's Charity is raising money to provide a variety of equipment for the new children's ward that is being built in Bradford on the BRI site. The state of the art new facilities will transform children's services and will be a huge improvement for young people, children and their parents or carers. The NHS will meet the costs of the new building in terms of the basic essentials but the added extras that will make a hospital stay more bearable and comfortable will not be covered. On their wish list is a sensory room, multi-use gym for those children with cystic fibrosis, innovative distraction toys and games, as well as beds for parents who are able to stay with their children and help with their care.

We all hope that our children will never be the ones that need this service, but for those who do we must ensure that they have the very best care and excellent facilities. Some young people, including children and babies, can be in hospital for as little as a day, but in many cases their stay can be lengthy or repeated, particularly for those children with chronic conditions.

The other half of the fundraising will support the 'Spread a Smile' appeal which will provide small grants for community and voluntary organisations across the Bradford District to help enable them to enhance their projects. There are some fantastic things going on throughout the area organised by the community and voluntary sector and it can often be difficult for groups and organisations to find funding for their projects, events and activities. I want to be able to offer these smaller pots of funding to give any group the opportunity to fulfil their dreams and enable them to enhance their projects further without having to spend extra time raising money. The 'Spread a Smile' Appeal will be beneficial to many groups across the Bradford District, rather than just supporting one or two particular charities.

Bingley Music Live thanks you for your generous support.

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