There were celebrations today at BBC Radio York as the Good Night’s Sleep Appeal, which is raising money for local children’s hospice Martin House, hits the £100,000 mark.
For seven months the radio station and hospice have been working together to reach a target of £120,000 over the course of a year, to fund a five night respite stay for every North Yorkshire family who currently needs the support of the hospice.
Martin House is the local children’s hospice for North, West and East Yorkshire and cares for children and young people who have a life-limiting illness, and their families. Currently the hospice is caring for more than 50 families from North Yorkshire and relies on voluntary donations and fundraising to meet its annual running costs of £4.5 million.
“We are absolutely amazed by the speed at which we have reached £100,000 and would like to thank the people and companies of North Yorkshire who have, and still are, supporting the appeal.” said Alison Wragg Community Fundraiser for North Yorkshire. “We are grateful for the opportunity to be able to talk about Martin House on air and raise awareness of the work that we do. Let’s see if we can reach £200,000 by the time that the Appeal comes to an end at the end of September.”
Matt Foster, Deputy Editor at BBC Radio York says “The response from our listeners has been nothing short of amazing. To have reached £100,000 in just over six months is beyond any expectations I had when we started the appeal. And the team at BBC Radio York have thoroughly enjoyed working with Martin House, and the privileged position we’re in to report on the fantastic work there.”
To date fundraising activities have included a listeners’ lunch, hosted by breakfast presenters Adam Tomlinson and Anna Wallace, a Brownie sleepover, coffee mornings, raffles, music marathons, hat sales, CD sales and a host of other activities!