Yorkshire Cancer Research lit up Elland Road with stars to celebrate its Yorkshire Stars Christmas campaign.
The projection, which covered the pitch and stands, was made up of 2000 individual stars to represent the lives the charity aims to save from cancer every year in Yorkshire.
Juliet Glendinning, Director at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “We’re grateful to be able to join with the Leeds United community to celebrate and remember those affected by cancer in our region.
Together, we are aiming to light up 2000 lives and see our Yorkshire Stars shining brightly this Christmas.”
Yorkshire Cancer Research is the official charity partner of Leeds United. Throughout the past couple of years, the two organisations have been working together to raise awareness of cancer in Yorkshire and the world-leading research taking place in Leeds and across the region.
Supporters are invited to dedicate a star in return for a donation. Stars can be dedicated in celebration of those who have recovered from cancer, in recognition of those living with cancer, in tribute to those who care for people with cancer and to remember those who have lost their lives to cancer.
The stars will be featured on a virtual Yorkshire Stars Christmas tree that can be seen on the Yorkshire Cancer Research website, and each star will also be hung on a real tree at the charity’s Ripon shop.
People can include a personal message and upload a photograph of their chosen Yorkshire Star, which will be added to an online gallery.
Fans will also have the chance to be part of the Yorkshire Stars campaign at Leeds United’s festive match on 5 December, as the team take on Brentford at Elland Road.
From 11am, the charity will be outside of the East Stand and supporters will have the chance to learn more about the campaign, dedicate their star, or even get involved with some Yorkshire Stars face painting.
Paul Bell, Executive Director at Leeds United, said: “We are thrilled to be involved in the Yorkshire Cancer Research Christmas campaign this year, as they shine a spotlight on the 2000 lives they aim to save each year through the incredible work they are funding and also undertaking.
“It will be fantastic to see our fans get behind this campaign. Whilst supporting the charity, you are also able to dedicate a star to loved ones who may currently have cancer, are caring for someone with cancer, recovered from cancer or those who have sadly lost their lives to the disease.”