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The Football Aid event at Elland Road in 2006 was a huge success, raising £2579 which the Club split between 5 chosen charities – the Yorkshire Cancer Research, Leeds Mencap, the Mid Yorkshire Hospital NHS Trust, the Rubinstein Taybi Syndrome Support Group, who cater for people, parents and carers who are affected by this rare syndrome, and the Leeds branch of the National Childbirth Trust.

In 2005, the MS Society, Yorkshire Kidney Research Fund, Motor Neurone Disease Association, The Sea Cadets and Leeds United Ability Counts Programme, all benefited from the Football Aid games at Elland Road.

The Leeds United Ability Counts Programme used their grant to help deliver a 10 week programme of football coaching and competitions to disabled people. Mark Howard, Co-ordinator of the Programme said: “Leeds United Ability Counts were delighted to receive a grant of £3,700 from Field of Dreams and Football Aid. A regular programme of coaching sessions is being delivered by coaching staff from the Leeds United Football in the Community scheme at Football World indoor centre for both children and adults. A number of festivals have also been staged against teams from around the Yorkshire, Humberside and North Coast counties as part of the development to organise regular competitive football for disabled players in Leeds.”

Finally, the following charities have also received donations from Field of Dreams over the years:

•    £5,000 to Open Arms Malawi towards volunteer living costs required for the running of the Open Arms Infant Home in Malawi.

•    £4,000 to Archway, a housing support service aimed at young people. They encourage young people to live healthier lifestyles and to take part in regular physical activities and exercise and the grant helped purchase sports equipment and items.

•    £1,000 to South Leeds Elderly and Community Group towards  the costs of running a healthy living campaign

•    £2,371 to Cancer Research UK.