Chatterbox family to stay silent for Hospice Half Hour

Sian Howells, 51, and her daughter Amber, 11.  Picture Bruce Rollinson
Sian Howells, 51, and her daughter Amber, 11. Picture Bruce Rollinson
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A self-dubbed chatterbox mum and her two daughters have signed up to do a sponsored silence for the Hospice Half Hour campaign in aid of the YEP’s Half and Half Appeal.

Sian Howells and her daughters Cerys, 12, and Amber, 11, of Halton Moor, have pledged to stay silent for half an hour during National Hospice Care Week in October after reading about our bid to raise £3m for Leeds’ two hospices.

Hospice Half Hour campaign is asking people to spare just 30 minutes any time during that week – October 6-12 – to fundraise the YEP’s long-running Half and Half Appeal, in aid of St Gemma’s and Sue Ryder-Wheatfields hospices.

Sian, 51, said: “Me and my children are quite chatterboxes so when I saw it in the paper I knew straight away we should do a sponsored silence. As soon as I said that to both girls they were like ‘we’ll do it, we’ll do it’.

“I know a few people who will pay for a few minutes of stopping me talking.”

Sian said the family wanted to support the city’s hospices as you never know when you might need them.

“Last year my mum got diagnosed with bowel cancer. Fortunately it was found in time and hasn’t spread.

“But it brought it home how close it is. Anyone can get it.”

Sian urged others to give up half an hour of their time to help support the YEP appeal and help the hospices continue their vital work. She said: “What’s half an hour? Nothing really. I know we all lead busy lives but 
half an hour out of your whole day.

“There are people that sit for an hour or two hours on Facebook – just have half an hour less on your laptop and do something useful.”

Let us know what you’re planning and we’ll feature it in the YEP. Email or tweet us @leedsnews with #HospiceHalfHour.

Or 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

Dr Tom Dobson, course director at Leeds Beckett University.

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