Council chief’s support YEP’s Half and Half Appeal

Tom Riordan, Leeds City Councils Chief Executive
Tom Riordan, Leeds City Councils Chief Executive
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Senior figures at Leeds City Council have thrown their weight behind YEP’s bid to raise £3m through the Half and Half Appeal.

The council chiefs have backed the appeal’s Project £3m, to give fundraising for St Gemma’s and Wheatfields hospices a boost. Chief executive Tom Riordan said: “The people of Leeds have shown amazing generosity over the years in helping the Half and Half appeal to raise £2.8m. Wheatfields and St Gemma’s have made a huge difference to the lives of thousands of local people and families and I’m sure people will continue to support such a hugely worthwhile cause.”

Coun Thomas Murray, Lord Mayor of Leeds, said: “For more than three decades the Half and Half Appeal has helped bolster the outstanding efforts of the staff at Wheatfield’s and St Gemma’s and it’s testament to how much both hospices matter to the city that local people have continued to offer their support for so many years.

“Reaching the £3m target would be an incredible milestone and would further demonstrate just how big-hearted people in Leeds are when it comes to helping a good cause.”

Coun Adam Ogilvie, executive member for adult social care, praised the hospices’s work in helping thousands in incredibly difficult circumstances. He added: “Donations from the public are absolutely crucial in keeping the hospices going. I hope people continue to show how much both hospices mean to the city by donating whatever they can to boost this appeal.”

***The YEP’s Half and Half Appeal is thought to be the longest-running newspaper charity cmpaign in the country.

It began in 1982 and has so far raised more than £2.8m - which has been split evenly between StGemma’s Hospice and Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice.

It is now easier to donate to the YEP’s Half and Half Appeal with a donatinos page online. Visit, where you can also leave a message.

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