Leeds pupils get backing for YEP’s Half and Half Appeal

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Schoolchildren in south Leeds have baked up some tasty treats to help boost the coffers of the YEP’s Half and Half Appeal.

We asked readers to ‘bake a difference’ as a fundraising way to help top our £3m target for the appeal - which raises money for Leeds’ two hospices - and pupils at Bruntcliffe School answered our call.

Half and Half Bake off

Half and Half Bake off

Students from guided learning support spent an entire lesson this week cooking up some cakes and buns to sell in school in aid of our long-running appeal. Headteacher Heather Scott said: “We’re really proud of our links with charity fundraising at school. Each year group has their own chosen charities that they raise funds for throughout the year.

“And this is another one - as we feel so strongly about St Gemma’s and Wheatfields hospices.”

Support assistant Tina Smith said baking is a great activity for children to do - especially in aid of charities.

“It’s fun, it doesn’t take long, they see the end product and they are raising money for a good cause.

Making a Difference logo

Making a Difference logo

“I remember baking with my kids but it’s a dying trend - they don’t seem to do much now. But this gives them confidence in the kitchen,” she said.

Pupil Jake Baker, 14, said: “It’s awesome. It’s nice and simple to do. It just relaxes you and just give you a happy feeling from doing it. You feel happy from helping a good cause.”

Our great cake bake is part of Local Newspaper Week which this year is centred around Making A Difference.

The YEP’s Half and Half Appeal has been making a difference since 1982 and is believed to be the longest running newspaper charity campaign in the country. As it now edges closer towards the £3m mark, we are asking readers to help give it a fundraising push.

Every penny raised is shared equally between St Gemma’s and Wheatfields hospices. If baking is not your bag then you can do anything you choose to help make a difference and support our Half and Half Appeal.

* There are now new and easier ways to donate to the YEP’s Half and Half Appeal - which shares funds equally between St Gemma’s and Wheatfields Hospices in Leeds.

Visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/YEPHalfandHalfAppeal to donate online - where you can also leave a message.

Send in cheques, made payable to ‘The Yorkshire Evening Post Half & Half Appeal’ to The Editor’s Secretary, Yorkshire Evening Post, No 1 Leeds, 26 Whitehall Road, Leeds, LS12 1BE. The envelope should be marked ‘Half and Half’.

If you organise and event in the community or collect donations from a special occasion, let us know - email Hannah.start@jpress.co.uk or tweet @Leedsnews - and they can feature in the paper.

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