Young business brains boost YEP’s Hospice Half Hour

Hugh Gaitskell Primary School pupils: from left, Georgia Davey, deputy head girl, Lee March, deputy head boy, Connor Myers, head boy, Grace Olufemi, head girl.
Hugh Gaitskell Primary School pupils: from left, Georgia Davey, deputy head girl, Lee March, deputy head boy, Connor Myers, head boy, Grace Olufemi, head girl.
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A Beeston primary school has come up with an enterprising way to raise cash for YEP’s Hospice Half Hour.

Year six pupils at Hugh Gaitskell Primary School have pledged hold a stationery and bun sale in October for our fundraising campaign for the Half and Half Appeal.

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The Hospice Half Hour Campaign is asking people to spare just 30 minutes at any time during National Hospice Care Week - October 6-12 - to help in our long-running appeal’s bid to top £3m for St Gemma’s and Sue Ryder-Wheatfields hospices in Leeds.

Chantelle Hudson, assistant headteacher at Hugh Gaitskell Primary School got in touch with the YEP to say her year six children wanted to get involved in supporting the hospices and raising cash for our appeal in October.

The fundraising pupils will hold a half-hour sale on Friday October 10 selling pens, pencils and other bits of stationery as well as buns to other pupils and staff at the school.

She said: “We plan to let the children advertise the event by creating their own posters and newsletters.

“Flyers will be placed around school and a text will go out to all parents.​”

With less than a month to go until National Hospice Care Week, we need you to think up fundraising plans to follow in Hugh Gaitskell Primary School’s footsteps and help raise vital cash for the city’s hospices.

All funds raised for the YEP’s Half and Half Appeal are split evenly between the two hospices, who both work tirelessly to care for people with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

How about holding a 30-minute sponsored exercise in your office lunch hour or have an ‘eat off’ for 30 minutes with a friend in a Man Vs Food-style challenge? Activities can be as weird and wacky as you like - or as simple as a half-hour collection. Let us know what you’re planning and we’ll 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

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