Mansion House celebrations

13 November 2014
The Lord Mayor of York, Councillor Ian Gillies invited hospice supporters and fundraisers and BBC Radio York staff to a celebratory breakfast at the Mansion House, York in November.  For twelve months BBC Radio York and Martin House Children’s Hospice have been working together to reach a target of £200,000 over the course of a year, to fund five night respite stays for every North Yorkshire family who currently needs the support of the hospice. 

The original target, which was set at £120,000 back in September 2013, was reached in May 2014. 
Members of Generation Groove, who staged a Last Night of the Proms Gala Concert in October, raised money for the Appeal and Martin Leach and David Finch presented a cheque for £2,700 to Georgey Spanswick, Breakfast Presenter at BBC Radio York, taking the current total to £222,640.24.

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 £5 million.

 “We are absolutely delighted to reach more than £220,000 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 have been grateful for the opportunity to be able to talk about Martin House on air and raise awareness of the work that we do.”

Matt Foster, Deputy Editor at BBC Radio York says “The response from our listeners has been nothing short of amazing. To have reached more than £220,000 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.”