TV Favourite Dr Amir Khan hosts Leeds Childrens Charity Ball

Dr Amir Khan hosts Charity ball which raises £50,000 to support poorly children and families at Leeds Children’s Hospital

Leeds Hospitals Charity hosted its first-ever Leeds Children’s Charity Ball on 22nd April, raising £50,000 to benefit young patients at Leeds Children’s Hospital.

A glittering evening complete with a champagne reception, live entertainment, silent auction and diamond necklace raffle took place at Pavilions of Harrogate.

Barbara Rider (pictured), Chair of the Ball Committee has supported Leeds Hospitals Charity for the past 15 years, raising over £1m said:

“I have been fundraising for over a decade and I still get the same feeling of excitement to support Leeds Hospitals Charity and I am grateful to see the impact raising vital funds has on the young patients and their families within the Children’s Hospital.”

Dr Amir Khan, TV’s favourite GP and patron of Leeds Hospitals Charity hosted the ball, after recently visiting Leeds Children’s Hospital to meet staff, young patients and families, said:

“I was so impressed by the comprehensive services Leeds Children’s Hospital provide, not just for sick children but for their families as well. It was wonderful to meet staff, young patients and families and hear about the fantastic care they’ve received and how charitable donations have made a difference.”

Guests heard from mum Natalia, whose twins Leo and Luca were born 11 weeks early after contracting TAPS (Twin Anemia Polycythemia Sequence) and had to fight through prematurity, infections, anemia and multiple surgeries.

Thanks to the incredible care Luca and Leo received on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Leeds Children’s Hospital, the boys, now 13 months old are thriving and living life a happy and healthy life at home with their family.

Natalia said, “We were honoured to be invited to share Leo and Luca’s story at the Leeds Children’s Charity Ball. We’ve seen first-hand the amazing difference donations make and wanted to give something back by fundraising and sharing our boy’s story. We recognise the incredible importance of charity funding to help make the hospital experience a little brighter for parents and their children, whether it’s comfier chairs or life-saving medical equipment.”

Natalia and her cousin Emma have raised £28,000 for Leeds Hospitals Charity to purchase a life-saving incubator, giving other premature babies have the best possible chance of the survival.

The charity hope that the Leeds Children’s Charity Ball will become an annual event, raising tens of thousands each year to benefit some of our regions smallest patients and their loves ones.

Dr Amir Khan, Esther-Wakeman and  Paul Watkins
Dr Amir Khan Esther Wakeman and Paul Watkins

Esther Wakeman, CEO of Leeds Hospitals Charity said:

“Hearing powerful stories like Natalia’s will inspire people to give generously, helping us continue to provide vital funding to support projects that make a real difference to poorly children and their carers.”





About Leeds Hospitals Charity 

 Leeds Hospitals Charity Leeds Hospitals Charity is the charity partner of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, one of the biggest healthcare trusts in Europe. They raise funds for projects, above and beyond what the NHS can provide, to support the latest in healthcare innovation and technology, the treatment of rare conditions and to help reduce health inequalities.

Working with local communities, schools and businesses across the city and beyond, they provide £6 million in additional funding for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust every year, supporting one million patients and their families and 22,000 NHS staff.

Leeds Hospitals Charity is a registered charity in England and Wales (1170369) and is an accredited member of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC).

Photographer’s credit Simon Lewis.