Top Rotary honour for Archdeacon

NAWN 1204181 Rotary pres. to Richard Seed. Richard Seed with his Paul Harris Fellowship certificate his wife Jane (far left) and members of The Rotary Club of Lower Wharfedale.  (1204181AM5)
NAWN 1204181 Rotary pres. to Richard Seed. Richard Seed with his Paul Harris Fellowship certificate his wife Jane (far left) and members of The Rotary Club of Lower Wharfedale. (1204181AM5)
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The founder of Martin House Children’s Hospice has been given an award for his long-term service to the community.

The Venerable Richard Seed, Archdeacon of York, was presented with the Paul Harris Fellowship award by Lower Wharfedale Rotary Club last Wednesday.

Mr Seed, who was the vicar of Boston Spa before becoming the founder of the children’s hospice and going on to then becoming chair of the board of trustees for 29 years at Martin House, finally retired from the role last year.

The award was presented by Mike Bowers, president of Wetherby-based Lower Wharfedale Rotary Club, who gave the Archdeacon a certificate and medallion in recognition of his work and dedication to the hospice.

At the awards ceremony, Lower Wharfedale Rotary Club presented a cheque of £2,000 to Martin House. The hospice is currently the president’s charity for this current rotary year.

Martin House was officially opened by the Duchess of Kent and very quickly gained financial support from thousands of individuals and organisations.

It is well known in the north of England for providing a home for children with life-limiting illnesses and support for their families.

Since opening its doors in 1987, Martin House has cared for over 2000 families, both in the Hospice and in the community.

Martin House needs £4.6 million a year to continue providing vital services to children, young people and their families.

It receives less the 12 per cent funding from statutory sources.

To find out more about the charity, or to make a donation visit the website at http://www.martinhouse.org.uk.