Stacks of fun - and funds - for Hospice Half Hour

Pupils at Calverley Parkside Primary School build a tower for the YEP Hospice Half Hour Campaign.

Pupils at Calverley Parkside Primary School build a tower for the YEP Hospice Half Hour Campaign.

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It was a frenzy of fundraising yesterday for the YEP’s Hospice Half Hour campaign as people across the city showed their support for Leeds’ two hospices.

All this week we have been asking people to spare 30 minutes to raise vital cash for our Half and Half Appeal in aid of St Gemma’s and Sue Ryder Wheatfields hospices.

10 October 2014.......    YEP's Hospice Half Hour campaign coverage. Children and staff do a half hour sponsored 'wake up, shake up' dance at Moortown Primary School. TJ100552b Picture Tony Johnson

10 October 2014....... YEP's Hospice Half Hour campaign coverage. Children and staff do a half hour sponsored 'wake up, shake up' dance at Moortown Primary School. TJ100552b Picture Tony Johnson

The appeal has raised £2.8m since it began in 1982 but now we’re hoping to top our target of £3m - with your help.

Funds will soon be rolling into the pot thanks to the city-wide efforts for our Hospice Half Hour campaign, running this week to coincide with National Hospice Care Week (Oct 6-12).

Fundraising started early doors yesterday at the LNT Group head office in Garforth where staff held a bacon butty breakfast sale. Employees raised more than £120 - which has been generously match-funded by the company to bring their total to £250.

LNT Group was founded by philanthropic entrepreneur Lawrence Tomlinson and employs more than 2,000 people across its businesses, which range from building and running care homes to industrial de-icers and Ginetta racing cars.

101014   Tom Illingworth(right)  from the  LNT Group and Ginetta  at Garforth in Leeds   tucks into a  bacon butty watched by his colleagues ,   served up in aid  of the YEP  Hospice Half Hour campaign.  (GL100361d)

101014 Tom Illingworth(right) from the LNT Group and Ginetta at Garforth in Leeds tucks into a bacon butty watched by his colleagues , served up in aid of the YEP Hospice Half Hour campaign. (GL100361d)

Mr Tomlinson said: “Our staff were clearly hungry this morning having bought over 100 butties during our Hospice Half Hour – the Ginetta team do enjoy a crispy bacon sarnie for breakfast! The sale raised over £120 but given what a great charity this is, the LNT Group has agreed to match the sale proceeds, bringing our grand total to £250. We hope this gives a little additional boost to securing the £3m Half and Half appeal target.”

Staff and pupils at Moortown Primary School threw some shapes in the playground to start the day - with a fundraising ‘Wake Up Shake Up’ routine.

The routine is a daily occurrence at the school but was given a fundraising twist on Friday morning for the Hospice Half Hour campaign - with all pupils paying £1 to continuously dance for half an hour, including teachers.

Year two teacher Maria Rushbrooke said: “It went really well.

Picture by Allan McKenzie/YP - 11/10/2014 - Press - YEP Hospice Half Hour - Hugh Gaitskill Primary School , Beeston, Leeds, England - Deputy Head boy Lee March pops funds into the box from sales for the Hospice Half Hour.

Picture by Allan McKenzie/YP - 11/10/2014 - Press - YEP Hospice Half Hour - Hugh Gaitskill Primary School , Beeston, Leeds, England - Deputy Head boy Lee March pops funds into the box from sales for the Hospice Half Hour.

“The kids really enjoyed it and said they would like to do a similar thing again. We raised £160.10.”

Enterprising year six pupils at Hugh Gaitskell Primary School in Beeston also joined in the Hospice Half Hour campaign with a 30-minute bun and stationery sale.

Assistant headteacher Chantelle Hudson said: “The kids did a great job - raising £100 for the appeal.

“The children were pleased, considering buns were only 30p. They have been thinking of ways to make a positive contribution to the wider community so they decided these two charities were the ones they’d really like to support.”

An array of activities were organised at Calverley Parkside Primary School after each class planned their own Hospice Half Hour challenge - which all took place simultaneously on Friday afternoon.

Year one pupils saw how many balls they could shoot into a basket; year two pupils saw how many cubes they could make into a column; year three walked a circuit of their local park; year four ran the circuit in relays; year five held a sponsored silence and year six held a sponsored read.

Teaching assistant Anne Stark said: “It was really good.

“The children embraced it and really enjoyed it. Each class teacher also explained about what the hospices do and the headteacher held an assembly on the hospices.”

** 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 this week, National Hospice Care Week (October 6-12).

Our Half and Half Apeal 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.

Let us know what you’ve done for Hospice Half Hour and we’ll give coverage to all those involved - email joanna.wardill@ypn.co.uk.

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

You can now donate online to the appeal at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/YEPHalfandHalfAppeal.

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