Our charities, Martin House and Macmillan Cancer Support, collect their big cheques from the fund raising efforts of the University of Leeds!

Teams from across the University of Leeds Facilities Directorate, which includes MEETinLEEDS, Great Food at Leeds and Delivery, have been fundraising non-stop throughout the year for their chosen charities: Martin House children’s hospice and Macmillan Cancer Support. Some of the fundraising activities included selling Valentine’s Day biscuits, a Macmillan Coffee Morning and a taking part in a “Tough Mudder”!

Martin-House-Brett-Sarah-and-Stuart-WEBSarah Tarpey (centre), West Yorkshire Community Fundraiser for Martin House, made an emotional speech to staff and explained how the money raised will go towards the cost of pain relief medicine for terminally ill children:

“I am thrilled to have been invited here today to receive this generous donation from Abbey Water, and extremely grateful to Beverley Kenny and the whole team for making this happen. Over the past year there have been so many people working incredibly hard, undertaking such diverse fundraising as bake sales to “Tough Mudder” challenges, in order to raise money for some of the most vulnerable Yorkshire children and their families. Martin House cares for over 400 children with life-limiting and terminal conditions, and needs over £5 million pounds per year to run all our services. Without the generosity of people like these at University of Leeds, Martin House would simply not be able to do this. We are hugely grateful for their support.”

Macmillan-Brett-Matt-and-Stuart-WEBMatt Jameson (centre), the Leeds Fundraising Manager for Macmillan 

Every single day in Leeds, 10 people are told the news they have cancer. As you can imagine, this news not only turns their world upside down but their family, friends and work colleagues too.

£27 could pay for a Macmillan nurse for an hour, helping patients and their families receive essential medical, practical and emotional support that prevents people feeling like they’re facing cancer alone.

£5,867 could pay for 11,282 copies of the cancer guide – one for every person diagnosed with cancer in West Yorkshire each year. This Macmillan booklet can play a vital role in helping people feel more prepared for the future and confident they won’t have to face cancer alone.”

On 19th January, Abbeywell water presented a cheque for £2,500 to each of our charities, the money was raised through the sale of bottled water.

Brett Wainwright (above left), of Abbeywell water said: “Abbeywell water are yet again delighted with the amount raised by University of Leeds, with 5p donated from each bottle of Abbeywell water sold through University of Leeds in 2016 we really hope to beat the 2015 total giving greater amounts to your chosen charities!

We hope the monies raised will make a real difference to Martin House Hospice & Macmillan and assist them in the great work they undertake.

Also I’d like to thank all staff and students for their support in raising these fantastic amounts towards such great causes.”

The current totals from all fund raising efforts stand at £5,689 for Martin House and £5,400 Macmillan, but more events are being planned, with Valentine’s Day presenting the final opportunity for hitting our target of raising £7,500 for each charity. The fund raising team will be out and about selling chocolates, biscuits and roses!

Beverley Kenny, Head of Catering & Conferencing at MEETinLEEDS, who organises the fundraising activities said: “Working closely with Martin House has been a very humbling experience but it has also inspired me to put more energy and creative thinking in to continuing to raise monies for our new charities. It has been a challenge to engage with everyone and my hope is that our friends and colleagues will come and listen to the short presentations that Cancer UK and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, our chosen charities for 2016, will be giving to understand the difference that we can make as a team to these amazing charities”.

Find out more about Martin House Hospice, Macmillan Cancer Support and the University of Leeds Charities.