York & North Yorkshire

BBC Radio York hospice appeal hits £200,000 target

Fundraisers with large cheque
Image caption The fundraising campaign was launched to mark BBC Radio York's 30th anniversary

A year-long appeal by BBC Radio York to raise £200,000 for a Yorkshire children's hospice has reached its target.

The Good Night's Sleep Appeal helped raise funds for respite care at Martin House Children's Hospice in Boston Spa.

The campaign was launched as part of the station's 30th anniversary.

Fundraisers from across the county put on performances and organised a variety of sponsored activities to help reach the target.

BBC Radio York's managing editor Sanjiv Buttoo said he was "thrilled to bits" that the appeal had reached its goal.

'Fantastic care'

He said: "There are a lot of people out there who have had lots events and they have decided to donate the money to our appeal and we are very, very grateful as I am sure are all the people at Martin House Hospice."

The hospice, which opened in 1987, provides care for children with life limiting illnesses, as well as providing support to their families.

Its chief executive Angela Monaghan said the money was important in providing respite care for families with ill children.

"Bringing in this money will enable us to deliver the most fantastic care for families from North Yorkshire," she said.

"We'll be able to ensure that at least 50 families can get at least five nights of respite stay here every year.

"And that will do a huge amount to support them as families when they are looking after very, very sick children."

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