Entire Leeds school signs up to YEP’s Hospice Half Hour

Woodlesford Primary School pupils, from left: Isobel Willett, Grace Fennell and Claudia Barnett. Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe.
Woodlesford Primary School pupils, from left: Isobel Willett, Grace Fennell and Claudia Barnett. Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe.
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A Leeds school will be buzzing with activity over a lunchbreak as pupils take part in sponsored events for YEP’s Hospice Half Hour.

Pupils at Woodlesford Primary School have signed up to join our fundraising campaign in aid of our Half and Half Appeal which raises cash for the Leeds’ two hospices.



Hospice Half Hour is asking people to spare 30 minutes any time during National Hospice Care Week - October 6-12 - to help our long-running appeal hit £3m for St Gemma’s and Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospices.

Over lunchtime on Wednesday October 8, pupils will be giving up half and hour to take part in a range of sponsored activities.

The fundraising fun includes a sponsored silence, a keepy uppy football tournament, a sponsored skip, a fun run around the field, and a raffle to win a 4ft tiger.

And the local Co-op store has also joined in, donating biscuits and icing sugar for a ‘decorate the biscuit’ challenge. Christine Crawford, a support assistant at the school, who has helped plan the events, said they wanted to raise cash for the Appeal because of the “marvellous” work of the hospices.

“I’ve had dealings with both. My mother-in-law was in St Gemma’s and my dad was in Sue Ryder.

“They are just amazing people. Nothing was ever too much trouble. The whole school is getting involved - we’ve even got the nursery getting involved in it. One year group is out that day but they are going to do it all the day before.

“I’m just thinking of something for all the staff to do now too.”

With just one week to go now until National Hospice Care Week, time is running out to plan your fundraiser.

We are asking for just 30 minutes of fundraising during that week to help two such worthy causes.

Ideas can be as weird and wacky as you like, or simply a half-hour whiparound at work.

Fundraising action planned so far includes a bacon butty breakfast sale for staff at LNT Group in Garforth, a sponsored silence by chatterbox’ mum Sian Howell and her two daughters Cerys, 12, and Amber, 11, in Halton Moor and a fancy dress disco dance by tots at Little People Nursery in Bramley.

Let us know what you’re planning so we can feature you in the paper. Email joanna.wardill@ypn.co.uk

** 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 during National Hospice Care Week (October 6-12). Our Appeal is 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’re planning for Hospice Half Hour and we’ll give coverage to all those involved.

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

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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