Pupils take up £25 Challenge

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Budding entrepreneurs took up a sweet £25 challenge and delivered over £800 for Martin House Children’s Hospice.

Youngsters from the Boston Spa Campus of Focus School took part in the scheme, sponsored by Haribo and led by Martin House, to make as much money as possible starting with £25.

The school asked each family to anonymously donate 10 coins of their choice from 1p to £2 resulting in £855.92 being raised which will go towards the care of over 450 Yorkshire children and their families.

Sarah Tarpey said: “The children did a wonderful job by inspiring their families to donate and displaying the coins that they collected in such an artistic manner.

“Martin House relies almost entirely on donations and this really is a fantastic sum.”

Every year, Martin House cares for and supports more than 450 local children with life-limiting illnesses, and their families, both during the life of the child and into bereavement.

Over the past 25 years it has supported over 2000 families and hopes to continue to be able to offer this level of support for many years to come.

“Many thanks from all the children and young people at Martin House, added Sarah.”

Martin House needs to raise £4.9 million annually to run the service it provides at its purpose built hospice in Boston Spa, Wetherby, and care for children and young people from throughout the Yorkshire region.

The aim of Martin House is to provide family led care for children with life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses.

It is a place where children, young people and their families can stay from time to time along their journey and find support, rest and practical help.

For further information on the challenge and on Martin House go to www.martinhouse.org.uk