Toasting our team: Why our surprise festive feast went down a treat!

It’s definitely looking a lot like Christmas following an action packed day which commenced with a colourful splash of Christmas jumpers – and finished with a festive feast for our fab team.

Our deep rooted ethos to give back to our local communities see us fundraise every Friday, our ‘dress down day’, to Leeds Children’s Charity whose  inspirational work brings laughter into the lives of 7-11 from some of the most deprived areas in Leeds.

Supported by local schools, social workers, families and carers, the charity takes more than 400 children to its holiday home for a fun-filled, week-long break each year where they play, make friends and enjoy respite from the difficulties they face at home.

After swapping our sweatshirts and casual tops for Christmas jumpers and secret Santa, all organised by Sherelle Senior, it was time for our seasonal party.

Thanks to Nick Dodsworth and Martin Taylor-Hemingway’s great planning, our dinner venue was kept under wraps until the very last minute. When meeting for Christmas cocktails in the popular Doubletree by Hilton sky bar lounge (which we did know about), everyone was still guessing until the last minute – with anticipation and excitement understandably high!

Nick and Martin then asked us to leave and follow them – which we duly did – and were rewarded with a wonderful atmosphere in the waterfront setting of the Water Lane Boathouse at Canal Wharf. We feasted on delicious platters in the convivial atmosphere washed down with the odd glass of wine or beer – or two!  The deserts were also truly scrumptious – chocolate brownies, Panettone and ice cream!

Said Nick “Everyone was buzzing and we received fantastic feedback from the team. A big thank you to both venues, particularly the Water Lane Boathouse  I don’t think many people bounded out of bed at the crack of dawn the next day which was fortunately a Saturday!”

For more information on The Bayford Foundation and job opportunities available, visit or call 0113 202 5129.

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