Fundraisers pull out all the stops for Hospice Half Hour

Sian Howells with her two daughters Cerys, 12, (left) and Amber, 11, who will holding a sponsored silence for #HospiceHalfHour.
Sian Howells with her two daughters Cerys, 12, (left) and Amber, 11, who will holding a sponsored silence for #HospiceHalfHour.
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As our Hospice Half Hour campaign came to a close this weekend, fundraisers pulled out all the stops to raise extra cash for the YEP’s Half and Half Appeal.

Hospice Half Hour ran last week to coincide with National Hospice Care Week, which ended yesterday.

YEP's Hospice Half Hour campaign: 'Kirkstall Morrisons staff and Wheatfields Hospice fundraisers.

YEP's Hospice Half Hour campaign: 'Kirkstall Morrisons staff and Wheatfields Hospice fundraisers.

Over the weekend, the fundraising action included a collection across all Leeds stores of Morrisons and a trio of self-confessed chatterboxes from Halton Moor staying quiet for 30 minutes in a sponsored silence. The trio were Sian Howells, 51, and her daughters Cerys, 12, and Amber, 11, who were watched closely by family members in their silence on Saturday. They are still counting up their sponsorship money to see how much they raised but Sian said: “It went well. It was funny - they were trying to put us off but it didn’t work. It wasn’t as bad as we thought it was going to be.”

Staff and customers at Morrisons stores in Leeds raised hundreds of pounds for the YEP’s Half and Half Appeal with a 30-minute in-store Hospice Half Hour collection.

The store was hosting day-long collections for the supermarket’s national charity partner, Sue Ryder, on Friday to celebrate National Hospice Care Week.

And to support the YEP’s Hospice Half Hour campaign, the Morrisons ‘Raise A Smile’ partnership with Sue Ryder donated 30 minutes of the collection proceeds to the YEP’s Half and Half Appeal.

Martyn Jones, group corporate services director at Morrisons said: “Our customers and colleagues across Leeds were extremely generous and raised hundreds of pounds for the two hospices. We’re proud to support the Hospice Half Hour campaign and I’d like to thank everyone who supported our fundraising efforts.”

**Hospice half Hour ran last week - to coincide with National Hospice Care Week - with the aim of raising as much money as possible for YEP’s Half and Half Appeal through a fundraising activity which lasts just 30 minutes.

Our appeal is believed to be the longest-running newspaper charity campaign in the country and has so far raised £2.8m for Leeds’ two hospices – St Gemma’s and Sue Ryder Wheatfields – but we want to top £3m.

Anyone who took part in Hospice Half Hour - or anyone who wants to support our Appeal for the city’s hospices - can now donate online at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/YEPHalfandHalfAppeal.

If you took part in Hospice Half Hour, email joanna.wardill@ypn.co.uk to get a special mention in Tuesday’s paper.

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