Today is the start of National Hospice Care Week - which means the YEP’s Hospice Half Hour campaign’s week of fundraising starts now!
This week we’re encouraging people to give up just 30 minutes of their time to raise cash for our long-running Half and Half Appeal in aid of Leeds’ two hospices - St Gemma’s and Sue-Ryder Wheatfields.
Events to raise cash can take place at any time between today and Sunday, lasting just half an hour - and Leeds pensioner Angela Butcher has set the bar high with her TWO fundraising activities.
The 77-year-old has been busy baking in her kitchen ready to sell her jams, chutneys and pies for half an hour on Wednesday morning at her local Morrisons store in Hunslet.
But not only that, Mrs Butcher has been gathering sponsorship for a mammoth week of swimming. The keen swimmer will take to the pool at The Forum Leisure Centre, Quarry Hill, for half an hour each day this week in an attempt to reach her long-term target of 130 miles.
She said: “I swim every week and I do about 30-odd lengths in about half an hour, which is half a mile.
“I’m currently at 126 miles so I hope to reach 130 by the end of the week, swimming each day.
“I’ve been going around getting sponsorship and I’m sure I will do it. I really enjoy swimming. It’s great exercise.”
Mrs Butcher is taking part in YEP’s Hospice Half Hour after the hospices offered to care for her husband Alan Butcher, who died in 2001 aged 73. She said: “When it was terminal, I was told he could have gone into St Gemma’s or Wheatfields. In the end, he died before he could go in. But I always support the hospices and know others who have been cared for by them. I think they’re just marvellous. They support people and their families 100 per cent.”
To sponsor Mrs Butcher, leave her a message and a donation at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/YEPHalfandHalfAppeal.
***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: