KIND-HEARTED readers of the Yorkshire Evening Post have shown their support for two local hospices by raising a staggering £35,000.
The flood of donations for the YEP’s annual Half and Half Appeal have been split between St Gemma’s Hospice in Moortown and Sue Ryder’s Wheatfields Hospice in Headingley.
The popular charity appeal has been run by the YEP since 1982 and this year the two hospices will receive an impressive £17,835 each.
Editor of the Yorkshire Evening Post, Jeremy Clifford, said: “It is a staggering amount of money and it comes in every single day.
“It is very much in the psyche of Leeds people and it is all about our readers.”
He added: “We know that people donate for many reasons and we are going to re-launch our Half and Half Appeal in the paper again next year.”
Speaking at a celebratory event at the YEP office yesterday, Mr Clifford added that he hoped to spend a day at each hospice next year to take part in volunteer work.
He also presented hospice representatives with their Half and Half Appeal cheques at the event.
Tracy Dick, director of business at St Gemma’s Hospice, said: “We would like to thank everybody for their contribution.
“The money is very gratefully received.
“It has been a challenging time for us in terms of fundraising but the dedication to our patients hasn’t wavered.”
She added: “It is all made possible by the Yorkshire Evening Post and their readers, so thank you so much.”
Helen Ankrett, manager at Wheatfields Hospice, said: “It has also been a really challenging year for us.
“But the staff are committed and have worked really hard and it’s reminders like this that say their hard work is valued.
“It tells staff that the work that they do matters to people.”
She added: “We really do thank the Yorkshire Evening Post for continuing to support the Half and Half Appeal because it does mean a lot.”
The YEP’s Half and Half Appeal is now in its 31st year and has raised almost £3million so far.
For more information about St Gemma’s Hospice, go to www.st-gemma.co.uk.
To find out more about the Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice, you can visit the charity’s website at www.sueryder.org/What-we-do/Care-centres/Wheatfields.
l Your Half & Half tributes: See page 18.