Centre Charity


Cheque presentation at the AGM where a cheque for £2,267.72 was presented to Martin House Children’s Hospice. Tim Norris (Chairman) and John Holroyd (Charity Co-Ordinator) presenting the cheque to Emily Sharman who is from Martin House.


The Centre Charity for this year is to be Martin House which has been providing family-led care and support for children and young people with life-limiting conditions for more than 30 years. (Life-limiting means the child or young person is not expected to live beyond young adulthood)

Every year they support over 420 children and young people, their families plus 150 bereaved families across East, West and North Yorkshire.

The hospice, based in Boston Spa, has nine bedrooms in Martin House and six in Whitby Lodge, which cares for teenagers and young adults up to the age of 30. Their services include respite stays, symptom control, emergency care, community care and end of life care.

Bereavement support is offered to families, often for two or three years after their child’s death. They also offer bereavement support to families whose child had a life-limiting condition but did not have the opportunity to use the hospice.

Martin House hosts one of only three specialist training places in the U.K. for consultants in paediatric palliative medicine, alongside placements in London   ( Great Ormond Street Hospital) and Cardiff.

There is no cost to any of the families using their services. It costs in excess of £8 million pounds to provide this care, the majority of which comes from voluntary donations and fundraising.

There need at present is for Dyson Fans which they need for providing heating or cooling in a room safely without blowing dust particles about.

Quite a few are needed and they cost around £300-£400 each.

I hope that we as a Centre can carry on with our excellent fund raising efforts and help this very worthwhile charity with their request.

John Holroyd
Charity Coordinator