Children’s hospice calls for fundraisers

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Martin House Children’s Hospice is inviting supporters old and new to embrace the leap year and take on a challenge to raise vital funds for families across North, East and West Yorkshire.

The Boston Spa-based hospice is offering an action-packed calendar for 2016, with a range of opportunities for supporters to have fun, beat their personal bests, and make a lasting difference to children and young people with life-limiting illnesses.

In addition to places in running and sporting events across the region and beyond, there are numerous chances for individuals, families, and teams to get involved.

The family-friendly Colour Run returns to Stockeld Park this summer for its second year and there are also a number of team-building opportunities, with places available for groups in the Dragon Boat Race held in Roundhay Park.

New for 2016, are places for individual triathletes and relay teams in the ITU World Triathlon Series taking place in Leeds in June.

In 2015, dedicated supporter Phil Wiggins took on a range of cycling challenges, including Newcastle to London in 21 hours, 154 miles – in circles – around the Eye of York, and 130 miles between nine Martin House shops. He also took part in the Great North Run and Yorkshire 10 mile.

Phil said: “Having taken on 6,000 miles for charity in 2014, when people asked me what I was doing in 2015, “nothing” was the answer - and I meant it. “However, I heard about Martin House Children’s Hospice through local radio and it sounded like an amazing place. A place that cares for children and their families when time is not on their side.

“My reasons for supporting Martin House were reinforced during the year when friends of ours, whose son is ill, started using Martin House and spent a weekend there as a family in October. She had nothing but positive things to share about their experience.”

Online booking is available for all Martin House events and supporters are urged to let the fundraising team know if they are considering putting on an event. Visit www.martinhouse.org.uk