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York hotel passes £40,000 milestone in money raised for children’s hospice

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A York hotel has passed significant milestone in its fundraising activities for a charity that supports children with terminal illnesses.

Staff, guests and suppliers of the Best Western Monkbar Hotel have helped raise £40,000 for Martin House Children’s Hospice, near Wetherby, thanks to a variety of initiatives and challenges.

One of the most successful of these has been the “selling” of cuddly Marty Bears, which are left on guests pillows with an invitation to be taken home in exchange for a small donation.

And, whilst the hotel is undergoing a £3m transformation, the regular Marty Bears have been swapped for limited edition ones sporting a yellow hi-viz vest!

Other money-raising events included a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party to celebrate the hotel’s 20th birthday and staff completing running and cycling challenges. 

Best Western Monkbar Hotel general manager Graham Usher said: “We are incredibly grateful to all those who have helped us raise this magnificent amount for Martin House Children’s Hospice.

“Without a shadow of a doubt the sale of Marty Bears has proved incredibly popular, with thousands being taken home each year.

“Now we have reached this milestone, our sights are firmly set on raising the next £10,000 in double quick time.”

Brenda Peel, corporate fundraiser of Martin House Children’s Hospice, said: “The Monkbar Hotel is a fantastic supporter of ours, and we are truly grateful to Graham and his team for all their fund-raising efforts over the last few years.

“Our running costs are in excess of £4.9 million each and every year, and without raising significant funds annually, we would not be able continue providing our services and support to seriously ill children and their families.”

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Martin House’s Brenda Peel with Marty Bear and Monkbar Hotel general manager Graham Usher

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