Half and Half Appeal is £30,000 success as two Leeds hospices benefit

Staff from Sue Ryder Wheatfields and St Gemma's hospices collect Half and Half Appeal cheques from YEP editorial director Jeremy Clifford. Picture by Steve Riding.

Staff from Sue Ryder Wheatfields and St Gemma's hospices collect Half and Half Appeal cheques from YEP editorial director Jeremy Clifford. Picture by Steve Riding.

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Nearly £30,000 of donations by Yorkshire Evening Post readers have boosted Leeds’s two hospices this year, as we march on towards our £3million target.

In what is believed to be the longest-running newspaper charity campaign in the country, the YEP’s Half and Half Appeal has taken another step forward in supporting St Gemma’s and Sue Ryder Wheatfields hospices in its 32nd year.

The 2014 total has been divided equally so St Gemma’s Hospice, in Moortown, and Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice, in Headingley, have received an impressive £14,279 each.

It follows a year of city-wide engagement with the appeal and our Project £3m bid to boost our fundraising total which currently sits at £2,897,496.38.

Jeremy Clifford, the YEP’s editorial director, said: “The generosity of our readers has once again amazed us this year.

“The Half and Half Appeal is an important link between our readers and the work of hospices, who treat people close to our hearts in their hours of need.”

Over the last 18 months the appeal has been modernised, with the £3m target set, an online donation page set up and the Hospice Half Hour fundraisers launched, where people spare 30 minutes to raise vital cash for the hospices which treat people with life-limiting illnesses.

Helen Ankrett, director of Sue Ryder Wheatfields, said: “It’s been a fantastic year that’s helped different generations to learn about hospice care. The Hospice Half Hour is a fantastic idea and a great piece of work.

“Looking at all the photographs and reports in the paper, it’s given the inside view of the hospice and the work we do and the people that care for others.”

Tracy Dick, director of income generation at St Gemma’s, added: “We can’t thank everybody enough who has contributed, it really makes a difference to local people through the most difficult time of their lives.”

To donate online visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/YEPHalfandHalfAppeal.

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