A LAW firm has pledged to take part in fundraising events over the next year to raise money for Ilkley community cafe, Outside the Box.

Neil Shaw, who leads LCF Law’s Personal Law team at the company’s Ilkley office, will kick-start the fundraising activities when he runs the 10k Leeds Abbey Dash later this month dressed as Elvis Presley.

This will be followed by a wide range of other events and fundraising activities during the coming months.

Outside the Box Café, which opened in Bridge Lane in 2013, is a charity and social enterprise that enables adults and young people with learning disabilities to lead more independent and fulfilled lives by providing structured work experience and training.

Its members span a wide range of ages and disabilities and play a major role in its overall team. Most work on structured tasks and activities at the café and follow individual programmes designed to develop their confidence, skills and abilities as they work towards set goals and accredited qualifications.

Speaking on behalf of Outside the Box, Jenna Peel said: “The progression of our members, through learning, work and tailored support, is vitally important and we work closely with everyone involved in their lives, to help them to progress, achieve their goals, maximise their full potential and move into work.

"The support we receive from volunteers and financial backers is key to this, so we really appreciate having LCF Law’s support during the next 12 months.”

Mr Shaw said: “Outside the Box has quickly established a strong reputation in Ilkley as a forward-thinking organisation that makes a real difference to the people it works with, so I’m delighted to be raising money for them by doing this run dressed as Elvis.

"As a successful local business, it’s fantastic to be able to support such a great cause and, during the next 12 months, our team at LCF Law will be participating in a huge range of fundraising activities to support the invaluable work the café does.”

The cafe is the successor to Ilkley's popular Oasis Cafe. For a decade, the Oasis Cafe was run by local churches' group CTI2000, supporting adults with a learning disability to participate in training and work experience.

Visit outsidetheboxcafe.com for more information.