Leap into 2016 for Martin House

01 January 2016
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 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 has become a firm favourite with many families supported by the hospice. There are also a number of fantastic team-building opportunities, with places available for groups in the prestigious Dragon Boat Race held in Roundhay Park and, new for 2016, places for individual triathletes and relay teams in the ITU World Triathlon Series taking place in Leeds in June.

Joining Team Martin House is as rewarding as it is beneficial to local families. 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 explains:

“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.

 “I found the whole team at Martin House incredibly supportive at every point of contact and it's clear that everyone involved is really passionate about what they do. I've done many events all over Europe in the last 2 years, but getting the support from the staff at events like the Great North Run and Yorkshire 10mile was absolutely amazing. I really felt I was part of the family.”

“I'm taking a year off from "big" events but I've some ambitious plans for wife Helena is used to me by now and wouldn't be surprised if I said I was planning to cycle across America or run the length of Britain! For me a challenge should be exactly that, a challenge, and committing to doing something I'm not sure how I can do it is part of the fun and gives such a great sense of achievement when completed. 

“This time of year is a great time to start looking at events and committing to doing one. You WILL get there and the sense of achievement is amazing. There's no excuse not to sign up, get fit, be proud of yourself and do something amazing for this special place.”

Online booking is now available for all Martin House events and supporters are urged to let the fundraising team know if they have booked onto another challenge or are considering putting on an event in their local community. Any amount raised, no matter how small, could make a vital difference to local families. For an up to date calendar of events, visit