YEP Says, April 23: The difference your money has made to the city’s hospices

Yorkshire Evening Post editor Jeremy Clifford presents cheques from the Half and Half Appeal to St Gemma's and Wheatfields hospices last December.
Yorkshire Evening Post editor Jeremy Clifford presents cheques from the Half and Half Appeal to St Gemma's and Wheatfields hospices last December.
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Every penny counts in our Half and Half Appeal.

AS the YEP steps up the drive to push our Half and Half Appeal over the magic £3m mark, it’s worth looking at just what the fundraising effort has achieved over the years.

Thought to be the longest running newspaper charity campaign in the country, the money donated by you, our readers, has been vital in the growth of the city’s two hospices.

Quite simply, it means that today they provide more support for people with life-limiting illnesses than ever before.

In fact, it’s no exaggeration to say that without the Half and Half Appeal neither St Gemma’s nor Wheatfields would be able to do what they do.

The cash raised contributes to their daily running costs, enabling the two centres to provide specialist care to thousands of local people each year.

It also means that they’re able to provide it where people want it, whether that’s at home, in the hospice or through any of the hospices’ invaluable services.

And that help can take many forms – from physiotherapy and dietary advice to something as simple as a stool in the kitchen when standing up for long periods becomes too much.

Everything is geared towards improving people’s quality of life in the time they have left – and every penny counts. So please give if you can, and help ensure our hospices’ amazing work can continue.

Golfer Cameron’s already a cut above

MANY aspiring sportsmen dream of making it big, but there’s another side to Cameron Hutchinson’s tilt at golf super stardom.

The 22-year-old – the recipient of a grant from the Yorkshire Young Achievers’ Award Fund – has suffered from cystic fibrosis from birth.

The grant will help with the costs of training and competing, but Cameron will need to do the hard bit if he’s to hit his goal of being the first golfer with the condition to play on either the US or European tour.

Given the determination he has shown up to now, and with this helping hand from the YYAF, you wouldn’t bet against him pulling it off.

Castleton Mills, Armley, Leeds...19th November 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

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