Yorkshire Post - Property

Charity fundraiser came from the heart


More than £15,000 has been raised for two Leeds charities, Holbeck Together and Re:establish, following a successful event at Harvey Nichols in Leeds, organised by Jonathan Morgan.

Jonathan founded property firm Morgans in 1997, pioneering city living in Leeds. For over 15 years the company hosted a Christmas party at Harvey Nichols every December as a thank you to clients and staff.

After the business was sold in 2019, Jonathan and his family decided to reinvent the party to raise funds for two local charities they have been supporting since the first lockdown.

Holbeck is just 1.4 miles from Harvey Nichols but is one of the most deprived communitie­s in the country.

Jonathan said: “Holbeck Together and Re:establish work tirelessly and on a shoestring to hold together a community that is under immense strain. Over the past few years, supporting these small but powerful charities has become a big part of our lives.”

Elissa Newman, CEO at Holbeck Together, said: “We provide a variety of services, activities and opportunit­ies for local people including a successful kids’ club, as well as hosting activities for people across all age groups.

“The time and money Jonathan and his family have dedicated to our small charity has made all the difference.”

An equally thankful Jo Sunderland, team leader at Re:establish, said: “We focus on young people, their future and their families.

“We run lots of initiative­s, including a youth club, and focus on helping youngsters to develop skills, self-awareness and resilience as they seek to break the cycle of exclusion, underachie­vement and adversity.”

The Morgan family is making the charity fundraiser an annual event. Visit www.reestablis­h.org. uk and www.holbecktog­ether.org.

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