Leeds tots’ disco fun for YEP’s Hospice Half Hour

Hospice Half Hour: Toddlers have a Fancy Dress Disco at Little People Nursery, Bramley, Leeds. Picture by Simon Hulme

Hospice Half Hour: Toddlers have a Fancy Dress Disco at Little People Nursery, Bramley, Leeds. Picture by Simon Hulme

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Energetic tots at a Bramley nursery got behind the YEP’s Hospice Half Hour fundraising fun with a fancy dress disco.

The youngsters and staff at Little People Nursery dug out their costumes for the day and held a half-hour disco and a half-hour bun sale for the YEP’s Half and Half Appeal.

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The Hospice Half Hour campaign is asking people to spare just 30 minutes this week - National Hospice Care Week (October 6-12) - to raise money for our long-running appeal in aid of St Gemma’s and Sue Ryder Wheatfields hospices in Leeds.

Since 1982, our appeal has raised £2.8m, shared equally between the two hospices, but we now want to top target of £3m.

Yesterday, the young tots at Little People nursery paid £1 each to come in their fancy dress outfits including superheroes, princesses, a dinosaur, spider and Woody from Toy Story.

Staff also got into the fundraising spirit, turning up to work dressed as fictional characters including Supergirl and Snow White.

As well as the half-hour cake sale - which staff and children baked themselves - the nursery held a half-hour fancy dress disco.

Clare Shea, deputy manager, said: “The children came dressed up and they love dancing. It’s been really good, they seemed to really enjoy it.

“Cake sales always go down well here too. Most of the cakes were baked by staff and children - sponge cakes, fairy cakes and crispy buns.

“We held two discos - one for the morning children and one for the afternoon children. We put a CD on for them to dance to and they all jumped around for half an hour. They were dancing in pairs and jumping around laughing. They really enjoyed it. They all seemed fine afterwards and didn’t seem tired - they’re all quite energetic.”

There’s still time to take part in Hospice Half Hour - the 30 minute fundraising action can take place at any point this week, including the weekend.

Activities can be as wacky or simple as you want - with all donations going to the Half and Half Appeal.

To make a donation, visit our online fundraising page at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/YEPHalfandHalfAppeal.

Let us know what you’re doing by emailing Joanna.wardill@ypn.co.uk and we can include you in the coverage this week.

***Hospice half Hour aims to raise as much money as possible for YEP’s Half and Half Appeal through a fundraising activity which lasts just 30 minutes, held at any point during this week, National Hospice Care Week (October 6-12). Our Appeal is 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.

Let us know what you’re planning for Hospice Half Hour and we’ll give coverage to all those involved.

There will also be a roll of honour online and in print.

click on the links below to read our fundraising guide, with ideas and tips, as well as sponsorship forms and logos to download for posters:

Sponsor form

Fundraising guide

St Gemma’s Hospice logo

Sue Ryder Wheatfields logo

Half and Half Appeal - Hospice Half Hour logo