The friendly local running club that caters for all

Nominated Charities 2018

Founded in October 2003, we offer a wide range of services for the residents of Wetherby and the surrounding villages. Please note that our catchment for Scarcroft is up to Syke Lane and Thorner Lane.
Our services include:


  • A Befriending service
  • A Elderberries a social group held at Wetherby Social Club
  • Two specialist memory cafés in Boston Spa and Collingham to support people who live with dementia and their carers
  • Gardening Scheme (Currently a waiting list) funded by Children in Need
  • An information and advice service
  • Laptop Loungers, computer, tablet and phone help.
  • Poetry Group
  • Knit one Purlwise
  • Howlers singing group
  • Chatter and Batter, a fish and chips afternoon
  • Seasonal Musical Matinees
  • Chairobics
  • WiSE Owl Cafe for the Community
  • Transport Scheme
  • Soup and a Smile every Wednesday

Wetherby in Support of the Elderly is concerned about the increase in numbers of elderly people who are being abused. If you know of anyone who is being abused, or you are, please follow this link to the Leeds Safeguarding Team:  or call 0113 222 4401.

Established in 1988, Children’s Heart Surgery Fund supports children and adults born with Congenital Heart Defects and their families.

The charity provides valuable equipment, resources and research, as well as providing a support service for both the children and their families along the way.

Children’s Heart Surgery Fund was created in 1988 by Duncan Walker, then a heart surgeon at the old Killingbeck Hospital in Leeds. Thanks to his fundraising efforts, in 1990 Duncan was given the accolade of Yorkshireman of the Year. Since 1988, Children’s Heart Surgery Fund has awarded over £6 million in grants to the heart unit, its patients and their families. Between 1999 and 2002, Children’s Heart Surgery Fund awarded £250,000 to Leeds University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. The initial grant was grown into much greater funding and helped established a project that led to creation of a York-based company called Tissue Regenix. This organisation are now leaders in the development of medical devices, including replacement heart valves.

Over recent years, Children’s Heart Surgery Fund has invested significant funding into family accommodation at the Leeds General Infirmary. This has included £410,000 being awarded to the Sick Children’s Trust to build and maintain parental accommodation at Eckersley House.
  • Children’s Heart Surgery Fund campaigned against NHS proposals to end children’s heart surgery in Yorkshire – a move that would have meant the region’s young patients being relocated to Newcastle, Birmingham or Liverpool for surgery. After an extraordinary award winning campaign that united the people of the region – including a 600,000-signature petition that was delivered to the Prime Minister – the NHS proposals were rejected by the Health Secretary in 2013.
  • We have made countless grants that have paid for ground-breaking new equipment; resources for the unit; staff training; family accommodation and support; and, many, many more projects. We are extremely grateful to the staff, trustees, supporters and fundraisers who have made this possible.
  • We are proud of our record of impact against our charity’s main objective to help the region’s congenital heart patients and, thanks to your support, we hope to fulfil our aim which is to help support the Leeds Congenital Heart Unit to become a recognised world class centre of excellence. Our latest appeal, Keeping The Beat, is a campaign to raise £500,000 towards a state-of-the-art children’s heart theatre at the LGI by 2018.