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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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’.