Butcher re-runs Christmas campaign for families supported by Forward Leeds

Following the overwhelming generosity of people in Leeds last year, butchers Malcolm Michaels in Kirkgate Market is once again asking people to donate presents for the children of those being supported for alcohol and drug use by Forward Leeds.

Last year’s campaign made national news when Reese Fletcher from Kippa donated over £3000 worth of toys with money that his firm, Fletcher’s Fencing and Decking, raised making wooden Christmas trees.

Malcolm Leary, who owns the butchers said: ”It’s been another difficult year for a lot of people in Leeds. Many people may have found that their alcohol or drug issues have escalated during the pandemic. We know that alcohol and drug problems can affect any family and if people are going to Forward Leeds they are trying to get help themselves and have realised their life’s not going the way they wanted.

We would like to help parents trying hard get their life organised with a little extra something for their children this Christmas, while they are getting things sorted for the future.”

Forward Leeds supports people in a number of ways, including a Family Plus team that helps clients and their families through their recovery journey from substance issues. As well as running groups and activities to enable families to spend positive time together, they work with children of clients directly to provide assistance and explore wellbeing.

Sarah, part of the Family Plus team at Forward Leeds said: “The gifts that Malcolm, Reese and everyone donated last year were so well received. We literally had people in tears of gratitude. We’re delighted that Malcolm has decided to do this again and we can’t wait to see the parents’ expressions when they see the gifts donated. A lot of families had a wonderful Christmas last year thanks to Malcolm’s hard work”.

There is a giant Perspex box near to Malcolm Michaels Butchers in Kirkgate Market where people can donate unwrapped presents. These will then be collected up by Forward Leeds and delivered by their team to children across the city.