More than £100,000 has been raised for Martin House Children’s Hospice by Leeds Festival bosses- it was announced this week.
Children’s hospice fundraiser Sarah Smith thanked the managing director of Festival Republic, Melvin Benn, as he pledged to support the hospice for a further three years.
Speaking to the Wetherby News at a press conference this week, she said: “The support from Festival Republic has been incredible.
“This has given us a huge profile, and Festival Republic have been so supportive, to have their support for another three years is amazing and we want to keep this going for as long as possible.”
The hospice, based in Clifford, looks after children and young adults with terminal illnesses and is almost completely self-funded.
For the last three years the festival organisers have helped fund and aid an annual talent competition of local bands, with the winner then playing at the Leeds festival.
This year’s final took place at the 02 Academy in Leeds this month with the indie band Glassbody winning Centre Stage 2012.
More than 25,000 was raised for the children’s hospice, and more than 100,000 been raised since 2009.
Sarah said: “Every year it gets more challenging to operate Martin Houses. When I joined Martin House six years ago the costs were 1.5 million less than they are today.”
“Our costs have already gone up by £300,000 just in the last year.”
She added: “Our slogan this year is “young people helping young people.”
“We are marking 10 years of our teenage unit at the hospice, and we need extra continue to earn that money,”
At the press conference on Monday, to launch this year’s three-day event festival, Melvin Benn announced this year’s bands for the BBC Introducing stage, which promotes, new unsigned acts from across the UK.
Over the year’s the stage has seen debut performances from alternative rock band Pulled Apart By Horses and indie trio Two Door Cinema Club.
Speaking to the Wetherby News this week, Mr Benn said he believed the Leeds Festival brought enormous benefits to the community.
He said: “There is no question that the Leeds Festival brings in additional business to the area, from shops, to hotels and to bed and breakfasts, it helped benefit the local community.
“There are also the cultural benefits of having this amazing festival on their doorstep. We do a lot of work with Thorner and Bramham Parish council, as well as with local hospice Martin House.”
Mr Benn added that he wanted to keep the festival at its current home Bramham Park, owned by the Lane Fox family,“for at least another 10 years,” and thanked Rachel and Nick Lane Fox for their continued support. For more details on Martin House visit: www.martinhouse.org.uk
The Leeds Festival runs from August 24 to 26 and headline acts include Foo Fighters, The Cure and Kasabian.
To find out more about this year’s Leeds Festival, or to book tickets visit http://www.leedsfestival.co.uk/