Firm’s gift to children’s hospice

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Martin House Children’s Hospice received a late Christmas gift this week, with a funding boost from a Leeds-based IT group, signalling the start of a year-long commitment to the children’s hospice.

Howard Hall, Managing Director of IT solutions specialist DTP, visited the hospice a week before Christmas to present an initial donation of £500 in vouchers for toys and electrical equipment for terminally ill children.

Mr Hall told the Wetherby News: “We selected Martin House as our charity partner this year because it’s a local facility, doing a great job looking after local children and supporting their families through really difficult and emotional times.

“And, amazing as it is, a children’s hospice receives a much lower level of funding than a hospice for adults – it relies on its excellent fundraising work and donations to raise money so it can continue to provide such a high standard of care.”

“I’ve personally supported Martin House in various guises for many years because of the fantastic work they do.

“These are local children, all of whom have a life-limited future, so as a successful Leeds-based business making Martin House our first charity of the year was an easy decision to make.”

Martin House Children’s Hospice provides family-led care for children with life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses.

Children, young people and their families stay at the unit for support, rest and practical help.

John Haigh, fundraiser for Martin House, said: “Despite the difficult circumstances facing all business for the foreseeable future, we continue to be amazed and gratified by the generosity of DTP and other companies in committing to actively support our fundraising efforts.”

The new partnership means DTP through corporate events and its staff from all its UK offices will dedicate all fundraising activity throughout 2012 to Martin House.

The first fundraiser, a staff pool competition, took place before Christmas and has raised an additional £100 for the hospice.