YEP's hospice appeal raises £96,000

Kind-hearted YEP readers have dipped deep into their pockets to help give an extra special boost to two Leeds hospice charities.

Hundreds of donors have contributed to the newspaper's Half And Half Appeal this year to raise 96,000 for the city's two hospices - Wheatfields and St Gemma's.

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Staff and supporters of the two hospices gathered at the home of the YEP to celebrate the news with a festive buffet where they praised the generosity of YEP readers.

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They applauded and cheered at the news that each hospice would receive 48,000.

YEP editor Paul Napier said: "The Half And Half Appeal has had another great year.

"We all know times are tough, but many Yorkshire Evening Post readers have wanted to show their appreciation for our city's two hospices by donating to the appeal.

"Wonderful work is carried out at St Gemma's and Wheatfields and both are close to many people's hearts. "

Mr Napier presented cheques for 48,000 to Sam Cheverton, head of care at Wheatfields Hospice, and Kerry Jackson, the new chief executive of

St Gemma's. After receiving the cheque Sam Cheverton said: "I feel so proud that the people of the city of Leeds have been able to do this

for us.

"It allows us to continue what we do.

"We are extremely grateful to everyone's ongoing support.

"It is absolutely outstanding and I can't thank people enough."

Kerry Jackson added: "We had a hugely successful appeal last year and this year we are really delighted.

"It is hugely important because the vast majority of our fundraising comes from fundraisers and the only way we can provide care is through fundraising."

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