Staff Festival 2024 | Nominate your chosen charity

Nominations have opened to choose the charity to benefit from this year’s Staff Festival.

Staff Festival 2024 | Nominate your chosen charity. January 2024

Plans are already beginning to take shape for this summer’s exciting instalment of the hugely popular entertainment extravaganza, with a packed programme of events in the pipeline. All colleagues, family and friends are invited to join us on campus on 28 June for an enjoyable afternoon of activities, full details of which will be announced nearer the time. 

And we need your help to make the event truly special. 

As well as saving the date to attend, you’re invited to nominate this year’s chosen charity, which will receive proceeds from the event.

Two good causes were selected last year after the 2020 Staff Festival was cancelled due to COVID. Homeless Street Angels, which provides hot meals, clothing and other essentials for people living rough in the city, and Zarach, which delivers beds and basics to children in poverty, received £1,200 each to support their amazing work.

Staff Festival Project Manager, Jo Westerman, said: “We’re looking forward to another super Staff Festival this year, hopefully with a few surprises in store!

“It’s just one of the many ways the University celebrates the incredible efforts of all our wonderful colleagues, and we’re working hard to ensure this year’s Staff Festival is a reflection of everything that makes Leeds – and the people who work here – so special.

“We’re delighted to have supported so many good causes over the years, and we need your help again to select another charity to receive a funding fillip. Please take the time to nominate your favourite good cause to ensure they’re in with a shout of winning.”


Charity nominations must fit the following criteria. They:

  • must be officially registered, with a charity number and website 
  • can’t be a University charity (including LUU) 
  • can’t have any affiliation to politics or a political party; and 
  • can’t have benefitted from previous Staff Festival fundraising (see the full list below).  

A reason for nomination must be given, but please keep this to no more than 300 words. All nominations will be considered and a shortlist will be drawn up. If your chosen charity is shortlisted, the reason for nomination will be published. The shortlisting panel’s decision is final and no further correspondence will be entered into. 

Nominations close at 5pm on 26 January. 

Voting to select the winning charity from the shortlisted nominations will open on 31 January. Further details will appear on For Staff and via the weekly eNews.

Charities to have already benefitted from Staff Festival fundraising include:

  • Homeless Street Angels
  • Zarach
  • Special Needs and Parent Support
  • Pets As Therapy
  • Support After Rape and Sexual Violence Leeds
  • Simon on the Streets
  • Elliot’s Footprint
  • Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Service
  • Groundwork Leeds
  • Leeds Asylum Seekers Support Network
  • St George’s Crypt
  • St Gemma’s Hospice
  • Wheatfield Hospice
  • Martin House Hospice
  • Village to Village
  • Yorkshire Air Ambulance
  • Walk4Life; and
  • The Laura Crane Trust.

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