Leeds firm helps the YEP’s Half and Half Appeal

Staff at Infront Innovation, who baked cakes for the Appeal.

Staff at Infront Innovation, who baked cakes for the Appeal.

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Staff at a city centre business have cooked up extra cash to boost the YEP Half and Half Appeal’s bid to top £3m.

Infront Innovation, on Woodhouse Square, answered our call for readers to hold cake sales in aid of the appeal, which raises money for the city’s two hospices - St Gemma’s and Sue Ryder Wheatfields.

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A cake and bun sale was held at the insurance company’s city centre officers and staff raised about £35.

Helen Wheelhouse, claims partnership manager at the company, said she had seen the appeal in the paper and thought it was a good cause - and a good excuse to eat cake.

“We have two teams - each with about eight or nine people, and various satellite staff. So we have probably about 25 people - quite small.

“But we encouraged staff to bake a cake or bring cakes in and we just did a sale over a couple of days.

“We got about £35 which we were quite pleased with, since we’re such a small office.

“We like to support local charities - and this is something we have dealt with quite a bit on a personal level.

“A few of us have had various family members in both St Gemma’s and Wheatfields - so it’s an appeal that we wanted to support.

“We thought a cake sale was a great opportunity to raise money and the fact you can eat the cakes [was great] too. It was an easy way to fundraise.

“The cakes were fantastic.”

The YEP is calling on you to follow Infront Innovation and organise a cake sale - or any other type of fundraising event - to raise more money for the appeal.

The total raised is now nearing £3m and we need your help to top the target.

Organise an event - large or small - to help make a difference to the hospices and let us know, so we can feature it in the newspaper.

Anyone planning a fundraiser can email joanna.wardill@ypn.co.uk or tweet us @LeedsNews.

The YEP’s Half and Half Appeal is though to be the longest-running newspaper charity campaign in the country.

It began in 1982 and has so far raised more than £2.8m - which has been split evenly between St Gemma’s Hospice and Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice.

Anyone wanting to donate to the YEP’s Half and Half Appeal can now do so online - at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/YEPHalfandHalfAppeal, where you can also leave a message.

Cheques can also be made payable to ‘The Yorkshire Evening Post Half & Half Appeal’ and sent to The Editor’s Secretary, Yorkshire Evening Post, No 1 Leeds, 26 Whitehall Road, Leeds, LS12 1BE. The envelope should be marked ‘Half and Half’.

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