Leeds today: donkeys, parking, curry and cake.

Today we look at the Children’s Heart Unit story, more on the airport parking issue, a shortage of curry chefs, donkeys, garden parties, the Red Welly Relay and more.

The Children’s Heart Surgery issue is starting to get even more emotive; people are throwing themselves out of airplanes to raise money for the campaign, and The Guardian reports that the #SOSyorks hashtag on twitter is gaining momentum. A motion in the Commons has been passed to examine other options than the original four – BGL reported that Leeds was only in one of those four options last week – but we probably won’t know more until November.

More on the new £2 “kiss-and-run” charges at the airport; according to an unnamed source planning permission for the signs informing people was not sought, and “the notices, placed in White House Lane, break the guidelines relating to style, content and the size of the letters”.

Two stories from the BBC: due to new anti-immigration legislation there is a shortage of curry chefs in Yorkshire. Bradford College is hoping to recruit 50 trainee chefs over the summer who can then get on-the-job training across the city. Also, five Yorkshire projects are through to the finals of the National Lottery Awards, including Northern Ballet and Phoenix Dance.

Leeds Grub has reviewed the newly-reopened Town Hall Tavern in Leeds. Is it better than it used to be? It’s certainly priced a bit more like a restaurant than a pub. Also, the Clandestine Cake Club was held in Harrogate on Saturday. BGL was in attendance and can assure readers that the cakes were every bit as delicious as they looked.

Last weekend’s Dragon Boat race looks like it went well; the YEP has video of the event.

This coming weekend sees Leeds turn into a foodie heaven as the Leeds Loves Food festival gets underway. The Yorkshire Evening Post takes a look at a paella for a thousand as A Taste of Spain comes to Leeds as part of the festival. BGL will take a look at some of the other highlights later in the week.

Leeds Park Run organised a slightly different event on Saturday. Usually Hyde Park is the home of a Saturday morning 5K, attracting 200 people to walk, jog or run come rain or shine; this weekend was instead the Red Welly Relay. Leeds Blogger Anne Akers took part, and got some very funny looks. Also last weekend was the Temple Newsam Race for Life; did you take part? Have you written a blog post about it? Let us know! The YEP has video of this, too.

If you didn’t already know, Leeds has a donkey sanctuary. They are having an open day on July 10th to raise funds and awareness for the centre. This is a great day out, and finding the centre will take you to parts of Leeds you may not be aware of! The sanctuary takes in poorly-treated donkeys from the region and gives them a new home and lease of life, and provides a safe environment for children with disabilities to interact with the donkeys, which is shown to have therapeutic value.

Also on July 10 is the St Gemma’s Garden Party (via Yelp), their annual fundraiser which is also a lot of fun and has stalls, tombolas, live music from Ukulele Henry and all the things you’d expect at a garden party. St Gemma’s is a Leeds institution and if you can make both you’d be doing a lot of good.

That’s it for today: this week we’ll be taking a closer look at Leeds Loves Food and I Love West Leeds, but if you’ve got anything you’d like to say then say it! Email us on beyondgdnleeds@wordpress.com or tweet us on @beyondgdnleeds.

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