Fundraisers of all ages took part in a jam-packed day of action yesterday to support the YEP’s Hospice Half Hour campaign for the Half and Half Appeal.
Day three of our Hospice Half Hour week included skipping, running, penalty-scoring, biscuit-decorating, badminton-playing, quiz-guessing and raffle-drawing - all in aid of Leeds’ two hospices, St Gemma’s and Sue Ryder Wheatfields.
Our Half and Half Appeal has raised £2.8m since it began in 1982 - but we’re now trying to top our target of £3m.
This week, for National Hospice Care Week (October 6-12), we are asking people to spare just 30 minutes to raise cash for the appeal in our Hospice Half Hour campaign.
Among those taking part was Woodlesford Primary School, where the entire school - from the nursery to the staff - took part in 30 minutes of frenzied fun yesterday lunchtime.
Organiser Christine Crawford, support assistant, said: “It went really well. We had a split dinner, so everyone did it in half an hour.
“We had children decorating biscuits, and selling them for 50p, a raffle to win a Tigger, a guess the Teddy’s name competition - the names were Sue and Gemma, and a teddy tombola.
“Then we had all the sponsored activities outside, including skipping, running, a penalty shoot-out, sponsored silence, and a keepy-uppy tournament.
“Staff also had a raffle and did picture quizzes, which they had to pay to enter and could win a prize. Everyone really enjoyed it.”
At Lawnswood School, staff and pupils became teammates for half an hour in a hotly-contested badminton tournament.
Two teams led by learning mentor Chris Miller and Spanish teacher Clair Atkins clashed on the court in a series of five to ten minute matches - before Team Miller was eventually crowned winner.
Lisa Whitby, head of year 11 and social enterprise co-ordinator, said: “It went really well, everyone enjoyed it. The hospices are two such wonderful local causes. There are pupils here who have had relatives in these hospices and have benefited from the services that they’ve provided, in terms of counselling or bereavement, so they know what wonderful work they do.”
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