Linley and Simpson are honoured to be in partnership with Martin House Children’s Hospice and proud to support them in their mission ‘To help children and young people with a life-limiting condition, along with their families, to live well and fully, offering the best possible end of life care and support to the family in bereavement’.
We have been fundraising for Martin House since 2014 and are thrilled to have raised over £120,000 for them during this period. We are committed to ongoing fundraising efforts to help them achieve their aim of ‘providing every child and young person with access to palliative care where and when they need it’. This year’s target is to raise £25,000 - the amount it costs to run the hospice for just one day!
Fundraising efforts for this year include the annual Martin House Dragon Boat race, the Total Warrior obstacle course at Bramham Park, a team of 12 walking the National Three Peaks and two members of our team hoping to dance their way to the trophy in the Martin House Strictly Get Dancing event.
In addition to fundraising for Martin House, our staff are all encouraged to volunteer for them and are given paid time off during work hours to carry this out. Activities this year include, volunteering at the Martin House warehouse, a day's gardening at the hospice and selling Christmas cards.
Linley and Simpson have established links with schools and sports clubs across North and West Yorkshire as part of our initiative to support and inspire local children. From a sporting perspective, this ranges from our largest event to date sponsoring the Brownlee children's triathlon at Ashville in June 2016 through to sponsorship of individual players, sports kits and end of season trophies at football, cricket and rugby clubs across our branch network.
Amongst other activities, we also get involved with summer fairs, Christmas card competitions and creative writing and art projects for the schools. We also attend recruitment fairs to assist children with their all important career decisions.
Collingham and Linton Cricket Club
Harrogate Railway FC
Horsforth Saints FC
Long Marston Cricket Club
Poppleton Juniors FC
Sandal Girls Rugby Union
Shadwell Cricket Club
St Margaret’s U13’s
Wetherby Athletic FC
York Loko RLFC
Chapel Allerton Primary School
Crossley Street Primary School, Wetherby
Holy Trinity, Cookridge
Ilkley Grammar School
Our Lady of Queen of Martyrs RC Primary School, York
St Margaret's C of E Primary School
St Walburga's Catholic Primary School, Shipley
'Age friendly' initiative
In addition to all of the support we offer to the younger generation, we have also extended our work in the community by signing up to a new Age Friendly Charter which aims to create a more friendly and welcoming environment for the city’s growing number of older people. Our Chapel Allerton branch is the first to become involved in the 'Come in and rest' scheme by opening up their office to older people who may want to take time out to rest or use the toilet. We are in the process of rolling the scheme out across at our other 10 branches throughout Yorkshire. The Charter has been initiated as part of Leeds' membership of the global network of Age Friendly cities, run by the World Health Organisation.