Big turnout for Martin House Hospice’s open day

Martin House Hospice's open day.
Martin House Hospice's open day.
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Martin House Hospice welcomed over 400 visitors to its annual open day this week.

The event was staged to mark the start of National Hospice Care Week.

Martin House Hospice's open day.

Martin House Hospice's open day.

The occasion saw support from celebrity ambassador and Calendar presenter Christine Talbot, West Yorkshire Police, Thomson Airlines and local dance troupe, Scala Kids.

As well as guest visits from Nuzzlets farm and Penny’s Miniature Ponies, guests enjoyed guided tours of the hospice and grounds and were able to listen to guest speakers, including Martin House parent Roger Fielding, on the hospice’s vital work across the region.

Mark Clayton, Martin House Chaplain, said: “The theme of this year’s Hospice Care Week is “Hospice Care is…” and this Open Day has been a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase our work.

“Not only the work provided at the hospice itself, but in the community and in families’ own homes.

Martin House Hospice's open day.

Martin House Hospice's open day.

“It is important to us as an organisation to be able to show supporters how their money has made Martin House what it is today.

“We were privileged to see many new supporters join us.”

Martin House, based at Boston Spa, provides family-led care and support for children and young people with life-limiting conditions.

The hospice will toast its 30th birthday in 2017 after being founded in 1987 and supports over 420 families and 150 bereaved families across Yorkshire both at the hospice and in families’ own homes.

Mark added: “We now look forward to everyone’s continued support as we celebrate our 30th year next year.”

You can find out more about the work of Martin House and upcoming events at

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