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Leeds entrepreneur steps up for heel appeal

Local nightclub owner and star of channel 4’s The Secret Millionaire, Terry George, announced his support for this year’s charity High Heel-a-thon in Leeds, in aid of The Haven and Sue Ryder.

Staff from his bars Viaduct and Fibre joined Terry in slipping into their highest heels to show their support of the third annual High Heel-a-thon and they will also help recruit 500 of the regions women and intrepid men in signing up to take part in the event which takes place on Sunday 25th September.


Kate Hallett of Sue Ryder, Terry George and Sheena Simpson of The Haven


Terry, who founded the “Mr Gay UK” competition and the UK’s free gay lifestyle magazine “Bent”, will be helping to promote the event through his clubs and bars as well as hosting a refuelling spot outside Viaduct where High Heel-a-thon entrants can rest their aching feet and enjoy pink cocktails and non-alcoholic pink smoothies half way round the one mile route.

Terry George said: “I’m thrilled that I can be a part such a great event and, more importantly, that I can help promote two great charities in Yorkshire. We hope to recruit 500 entrants and make this the best High Heel-a-thon yet! I urge the people of Yorkshire to visit the High Heel-a-thon website and sign up to start raising money for The Haven and Sue Ryder.”

The High Heel-a-thon will take place on Sunday 25th September, and comprises a one mile saunter which participants must start and finish wearing their high heels. The event kicks off at the Gateway complex on East Street, Leeds and follows a 1 mile route around the city, taking in many of Leeds’ best known landmarks such as the Corn Exchange, the river Aire and Brewery Wharf.

All funds raised will go towards The Haven and Sue Ryder. The Haven is a national charity with a centre in Yorkshire which provides a completely free programme of complementary therapies to people with breast cancer. Sue Ryder provides expert and compassionate care for people living through this life-changing illness including cancer, stroke and dementia. The charity has local hospices in Headingley, Leeds and Keighley, Bradford.

Sheena Simpson, Yorkshire Community Fundraiser at The Haven, said

We are delighted that Terry has decided to support the High Heel-a-thon 2011. With Terry’s support we hope to spread the word to even more potential entrants and create an even bigger event than before.

Kate Hallett, Fundraiser at Sue Ryder, said:

The High Heel-a-thon is sure to be a fantastic day out. We hope to recruit 500 entrants this year and would love each high heeler to try and raise £100 for charity. We urge supporters to sign up now!

Richard McAteer, Terry George, Jade Poppell, Sheena Simpson, Michael Rothwell, Kate Hallett, Susan Platt, Miss Leeds, Liam Wright, Jo Hart, Timmy Jaywright


The individual entrance fee will be just £15 (£10 for concessions), which covers entrance administration and an event t-shirt. Those participating will also receive a goody bag with lots of fantastic treats and the opportunity to win some amazing prizes as well as the chance to rub shoulders with some very special celebrity guests. The day is sure to be a fun day out for all the family with live music, fantastic food and drink, and therapies laid on by The Haven. Sue Ryder will also be hosting vintage fashion stalls at the Gateway.

For more information and to register, visit the official High Heel-a-thon website at

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