Record numbers at Martin House Children’s Hospice Open Day

Record numbers flocked to Martin House Children’s Hospice Open Day last Sunday.

And among the 650 visitors to the Clifford-based facility were cricket legend Geoffrey Boycott and local MPs Nigel Adams and Alec Shelbrooke.

NAWN 1310062AM8 Martin House Open Day. Chief executive of Martin House Childrens Hospice Angela Monaghan and Geoffrey Boycott meet Sarah Walker and family members Mick King, Lorraine King and Paula Harvey. (1310062AM8)

NAWN 1310062AM8 Martin House Open Day. Chief executive of Martin House Childrens Hospice Angela Monaghan and Geoffrey Boycott meet Sarah Walker and family members Mick King, Lorraine King and Paula Harvey. (1310062AM8)

Carol Devine, marketing and communications coordinator said: “Sunday was an opportunity for people to call in and take a tour of the hospice.

“Care Team members were on hand to describe the uses of the different rooms in the house and the teenage lodge and the facilities available.

“The tours proved really popular and we have had some wonderful feedback.

“Many thanks to all of the volunteers who helped to make the day run smoothly and to all of the supporters who came along.” The hospice, based at Grove Road, opened in 1987 and provides care for children and young adults from North, West and East Yorkshire, with life-limiting illnesses and also provides support for their families. People were invited to see for themselves the aid on offer and experience the developments that have been made last year. During the 2013 Open Day there were hands-on demonstrations in the art and music rooms, Martin House parents spoke in the Chapel; telling their Martin House story and Mary’s Farm Nuzzlets brought along some rabbits, guinea pigs and goats for the children to cuddle and stroke. Geoffrey Boycott and the Yorkshire County Cricket Academy team called in to present a cheque for £5,000, the result of recent fundraising at Headingley and Scarborough, for the hospice.

NAWN 1310062AM5 Martin House Open Day. Sisters  Francesca(9), Freya(11) and Imogen(6) Devine  enjoy the autumn leaves. (1310062AM5)

NAWN 1310062AM5 Martin House Open Day. Sisters Francesca(9), Freya(11) and Imogen(6) Devine enjoy the autumn leaves. (1310062AM5)

BBC Radio York were present, having announced their partnership with Martin House for one year.