A Yorkshire estate agent’s support for a renowned children’s hospice has seen it reach – and pass – another significant milestone in its fundraising activities.
This week residential letting and sales specialists, Linley & Simpson, which has 21 branches across the entire Yorkshire region and The Humber, has seen the amount of money raised for Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People hit £100,817.
Based at Boston Spa, near Wetherby, Martin House – which has been the estate agent’s chosen charity for the last five years – supports families across West, North and East Yorkshire, providing support and palliative care for children and young people with life limiting conditions.
It costs Martin House over £9m each year to provide this vital care, which, since the middle of March, has been severely affected by the ongoing Covid crisis. Martin House only receives 10% statutory funding and therefore relies on donations and fundraising to cover the remaining costs.
This has also seen much of the estate agents’ own calendar of fundraising activities cancelled, including competing in Martin House’s annual Dragon Boat Race and undertaking the “Total Warrior” challenge.
Last month, the company’s two founders, Will Linley and Nick Simpson, presented hospice staff with a cheque of £25,000, after it issued a funding crisis SOS. That in turn took the L&S total to within shouting distance of £100,000, which it has now passed.
Will Linley, Linley & Simpson’s Chief Executive Officer and co-founder, said: “At Linley and Simpson, we know how important home is, and Martin House understand this too.
“That’s why we’re delighted to partner with them for a sixth year, committing to raise £24,000 over the next 12 months, just in time for our 24th Birthday.
“£24,000 could enable the Martin House community team to visit 240 families in their own homes, offering practical and emotional support where they need it.
“During the pandemic, the majority of families they support have been shielding, so offering care in their homes has been a lifeline.”
Becky Beevers, Martin House Partnerships Manager, said: “We just can’t thank Linley & Simpson enough for their support of us over the last five years.
“Raising more than £100,000 for us in that time is simply fantastic, and helps us continue to provide our services to children with life-limiting conditions and their families, across much of the Yorkshire region.”