Cash begins to roll in for Hospice Half Hour

Pupils at Woodlesford Primary School pictured taking part in the sponsored silence for Hospice Half Hour week.
Pupils at Woodlesford Primary School pictured taking part in the sponsored silence for Hospice Half Hour week.
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Money has begun to pour in to the YEP’s Half and Half Appeal after the success of the city’s Hospice Half Hour fundraising.

The YEP’s long-running appeal for St Gemma’s and Sue Ryder Wheatfields hospices has been given a major boost after the week of 30-minute charity action earlier this month.

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Thanks to the monumental effort of pupils at Woodlesford Primary School, cheques totalling £2,000 landed in the YEP’s office this week.

During Hospice Half Hour week - which took place in National Hospice Care Week from October 6-12 - the entire school took part in 30 minutes of fundraising fun to raise the staggering sum.

Headteacher Robin Scott said: “It was great to see everyone having fun organising their events, whether it was selling homemade buns or donations from the new Nisa shop across the road, penalty shoot-out stalls, sponsored skips and silences or guessing the name of a teddy bear - Gemma of course!

“But these events don’t just happen and the children received great support and guidance from Christine Crawford who works at the school. We were all staggered when the total reached £2,000 and of course we are hugely proud of all those that were able to get involved and support this event.”

Mr Scott added: “Hospice Half Hour was an ideal opportunity for the children to work together to raise funds for two very worthy causes.”

Cash totalling £61 has also come in from generous folk at South Leeds Academy where the school librarians spent half an hour selling hot chocolate and sweets for the appeal.

And staff here at YPN towers managed to raise £94 through a Guess Who baby photo competition and cake sale. The money has been added to our fundraising total which currently stands at around £2.8m - but need more help to reach our £3m target.

To donate to the appeal, visit the website http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/YEPHalfandHalfAppeal.

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