26 April 2018
A new tree has taken pride of place in the gardens of Martin House thanks to a group of Bradford Rotary Clubs.

The clubs have donated a specimen Korean fir tree, which has been planted outside the main entrance to Martin House. It is part of the Rotary Tree Challenge, an international bid to encourage all Rotary members to plant a tree by World Earth Day this April.

Caroline Murie, from Bradford Bronte Rotary, said: “Our challenge is to help to create a greener world, but also to engage and support our communities.

“Bringing this tree to Martin House, which does so much to help young people from the Bradford area, and across Yorkshire, is a wonderful way to fulfil this challenge.”

The clubs from across the Bradford district ­– Bingley, Bingley Airedale, Bradford, Bradford Blaize, Bradford Bronte, Bradford West, Haworth and Worth Valley, Idle and Greengates and Keighley – also donated £2,750 last year, to buy new wheelchair accessible garden furniture for Martin House’s teenage and young adult unit Whitby Lodge.

They also planted crocus bulbs in the hospice’s grounds last autumn, which have flowered for the first time this spring.

Martin House cares for children and young people with life-limiting conditions across West, North and East Yorkshire – along with their families – at its hospice, and in their own homes.

Its care includes respite stays, emergency care, end of life care, family support and bereavement support. Around a third of the children it supports come from the Bradford district.

Chris Verney, Bradford fundraiser for Martin House, said: “Families often tell us how much they enjoy the gardens at Martin House, and we have areas to sit and relax, play areas for the children and lots of walks to enjoy.

“This splendid tree will enhance our grounds and create a lasting link between Martin House and the Bradford Rotary clubs who are such wonderful supporters.”

Pictured (from left) assistant district governor Manoj Joshi, Chris Verney from Martin House and Rotarians Sandra Wilkinson, Caroline Murie and Bhavna Joshi.