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Leeds: unclaimed festival cash donated to Halifax charity

Money handed in at the Leeds Festival last summer and not claimed is set to benefit a local charity working with asylum seekers and refugees ...

Money handed in at the Leeds Festival last summer and not claimed is set to benefit a local charity working with asylum seekers and refugees.

The Lost Property team, part of the Festival Angels, were left with cash which was not claimed by its owners. This money is part of a donation to St Augustine's Centre in Halifax.

Nic Sheppard, one of the Lost Property managers, says, "This year the Lost Property team managed to return more than 500 items to their owners. Unclaimed items go to local charity shops or are recycled.

"For a few days each year the Leeds Festival campsite can look like a refugee centre, and many festival goers struggle to cope without home comforts. It seemed entirely appropriate that this year any unclaimed cash should go towards helping those who find every day is a struggle."

Vicky Ledwidge, Centre Leader of St Augustine's Centre, says "We are very grateful to Festival Angels for their support and the donation. We work hard to support marginalised communities, including asylum seekers, refugees and EU migrants who struggle with day-to-day living. This money will ensure we can continue to provide much-needed social and advice sessions to those who need our help."

Festival Angels is set to run again at Leeds Festival over August Bank Holiday weekend with teams providing lost property, a prayer cafe and detached work offering support across the festival site.

For more details or to sign up visit www.leedsfestivalangels.org.uk

Picture: Paul Blakey from Festival Angels with Vicky Ledwidge, St Augustine's Centre

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