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Friends are captured on canvas by one of the caricaturists

Friends are captured on canvas by one of the caricaturists

Staff Festival organisers have hailed this year’s event the “best ever”.

Thousands of colleagues, together with their friends and family, flocked to campus on Friday 28 June to enjoy a packed programme of hugely entertaining activities and attractions, including food and drink, workshops, fairground rides, stalls and live music for all ages.

Bathed in a rare spell of glorious summer sunshine, people were able to soak up the carnival atmosphere in and around the University Precinct.

And early feedback indicates the event was a big success.

Staff Festival project manager, Jo Westerman, helps man the tombola stall. July 2019

Staff Festival project manager, Jo Westerman, helps man the tombola stall 

Jo Westerman, LOGIK Centre Manager and Festival project manager, said: “It was absolutely buzzing!

“In terms of the atmosphere on the day, this was without doubt the best ever Staff Festival. Everyone seemed to be relaxed and enjoying themselves, and the mix of entertainment proved really popular – there was so much going on. And the fabulous weather certainly helped!”

It was all smiles on the dodgems! July 2019

Having fun on the dodgems! 

Following feedback from last year’s event, the dodgems made a welcome return alongside the ever-popular Ferris wheel. And among the exciting new attractions for 2019 was an inflatable climbing wall, surf simulator, Sumo suits, a gladiator game and a giant version of Hungry Hippos!

One very happy customer after having her face painted. July 2019

One very happy customer after having her face painted 

Children were entertained by a miniature railway, ride-on cars, a bouncy castle, face painters and candyfloss, as well as an arts and crafts workshop for youngsters aged 11+ with the Rocket Mobile Studio.

Other wonderful workshops included making Festival streamers, free-hand body art, fresh flower button-hole making, a DJ school, aromatherapy, cocktail making, paper quilling and beer tasting with Leeds Brewery. 

All the workshops were fully booked. July 2019

Most of the workshops were fully booked 

Mouth-watering food and drink stalls were selling a tempting range of tasty treats, including a hog roast, desserts, pancakes, pretzels, brownies, olives, fish and chips, curry, ice cream, cocktails, gin, beer and West African cuisine. Tasty vegetarian and vegan options were also available.

Live entertainment on the main Festival stage featured the University and LUU staff choirs, who were in fine voice. The line-up was completed by indie band Jabbawoki, Fruity DJ and Panjumby, playing a chilled Latin America-inspired set.

The Staff Choir in full voice. July 2019

Members of the Staff Choir were on song 

Jo added: “It was fantastic to see so many people jigging about to the music. All the acts said what a great experience it was, playing to a sea of smiling faces. They really enjoyed the relaxed vibe.

“I’d like to thank everyone who came along and to all the volunteers who helped make this happen, especially the Health and Safety and Security teams operating on the day – they did a sterling job.”

Once again the Ferris wheel was a big hit. July 2019

People flocked to ride on the ever-popular Ferris wheel

Feedback

Feedback from this year’s Staff Festival survey has confirmed it was a big hit.

Comments included: 

“An amazing event – well done to all involved.” 

“Thank you for another fantastic Staff Festival.” 

“It was great! Thanks for doing a stellar job!” 

Read the full article, including plans to improve future events as a result of your feedback.

Photos

Can you spot your face in the crowd in our Staff Festival 2019 photo gallery? 

Hundreds of professional pictures taken at this year’s entertainment extravaganza have now been uploaded to our Flickr account.

Snapped by Simon and Simon Photography, they capture the spirit of the occasion, which was hailed the “best ever” by organisers.

Charity

Staff Festival organisers are delighted to announce the fantastic fundraising figure for this year’s chosen charity.

Special Needs and Parent Support (SNAPS) will benefit to the tune of £2,422.28, which was collected during the hugely successful celebrations staged on campus last month.

Jenny Sellers, SNAPS Community Fundraising Manager, said: “The amount raised at the Staff Festival is amazing and a real testament to the hard work put in by everyone who organised this fantastic event. 

“It was great to be a part of the day and to find out that this is the second highest amount ever raised from the Festival. The funds can help us provide about 61 physiotherapy sessions for children with additional needs. This will make a huge difference to our small charity. Thank you so much!”

Cash was collected from the hugely popular tombola stall, donations made at the attractions and stall holders’ fees.

Jo Westerman, LOGIK Centre Manager and Festival project manager, said: “We wish to thank all colleagues who attended the Staff Festival and donated generously to help us raise the second highest amount for SNAPS, our chosen charity for 2019. 

“We also wish to thank all the companies and contractors that work with the University, who generously donated tombola prizes, helping us to raise more than £500 from the stall this year.”

SNAPS Community Fundraising Manager, Jenny Sellers, manning the charity's Staff Festival stall. July 2019

SNAPS Community Fundraising Manager, Jenny Sellers, manning the charity's Staff Festival stall 

Every penny collected will be a big boost for this really worthy cause, which provides leisure support services for children with special needs of all kinds, and their families. Its aim is to support the entire family, by enabling the child – along with siblings, parents and other carers – to participate in a shared experience of physical activity, fun and conversation in relaxed surroundings, supported by professional and dedicated staff. 

Operating out of two sites – Penny Field School in Meanwood and Broomfield School in Broom Place – the charity offers physiotherapist-led hydrotherapy and rebound sessions (exercise therapy using trampolines), along with swimming, arts and crafts, soft toy play and a range of other fun activities, such as dance, sign and sing, boccia, storytelling and music therapy.

Read the moving stories of colleagues whose children have received incredible care and support from SNAPS.

SNAPS Community Fundraising Manager, Jenny Sellers (centre), receives the cheque from Staff Festival committee member, Matthew Masters, and Staff Festival Manager, Jo Westerman. July 2019SNAPS Community Fundraising Manager, Jenny Sellers (centre), receives the cheque from Staff Festival committee member, Matthew Masters, and Staff Festival Manager, Jo Westerman

Santander staff helped man a tombola stall at the Festival to further boost fundraising for SNAPS, with the company matching this figure.

The Staff Festival Committee would also like to thank the following companies for generous donations to this year's event: Acaster Safety Management Ltd, Bunzl Cleaning & Hygiene Supplies, Calibre Search, Crystal Services, Data Flow (Network Installations Ltd), Energy Savers, MTR Roofing, Neo Property, NRB Construction, Park Edge, Richardson Electrical, York Services Ltd and Talk Access Ltd.

Contact us 

Telephone: 0113 343 4161 or 0113 343 7785
Email: stafffestival@leeds.ac.uk

Please note the former Staff Festival website has now been closed and replaced by this In Depth page.

Updates

In the frame with Staff Festival 2019 photos

Can you spot your face in the crowd in our Staff Festival 2019 photo gallery?

Staff Festival 2019 survey feedback

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Staff Festival's fantastic fundraising figure

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