21 January 2022

WE'RE marking our 25th anniversary with a pledge to raise £25,000 for the region's leading children's and young people's hospice.

Our staff will dance, trek and even climb their way to their target as part of a year of diverse fund-raising events in support of Martin House.

Since our agency - which now has more than 20 branches across Yorkshire and The Humber - launched our charity partnership with Martin House Children’s Hospice six years ago, our big-hearted team has raised more than £100,000.

Nick Simpson, CEO, said: "Thanks to our 300 people, we have come a long way since we first opened our doors in 1997 with just two offices and a handful of staff.

"Martin House has been a key partner on our journey and we are thrilled to support its amazing team once again, in this our anniversary year. Its inspirational work touches the lives of all of us.

"With great team spirit, our people are determined to meet - and beat - this year's fund-raising target and they have come up with no shortage of home-grown ideas to do it. Whatever their skills, interests and abilities, there is something for everyone to get involved in."

As part of our "25 in 25" initiative, the planned fund-raisers so far include:

  • Taking part in Strictly Get Dancing in March, with Salena West, Customer Service Manager, and Stephen Swain, Customer Service Coordinator, hoping to tango their way to the glitter ball trophy
  • More than 40 colleagues taking on the Total Warrior challenge at Bramham Park in June, when they will face 25 punishing obstacles, 10 tons of ice and 100 tons of mud over a 12k course
  • A team of 12 including Nick and co-founder Will Linley trekking the National Three Peaks in June – the highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales in 24 hours. The total walking distance is 23 miles (37km) and the total ascent is 3,064 metres (10,052ft). The total driving distance is 462 miles.

We're also going to repeat the Mini convoy we staged a few years ago, when we collected bric-a-brac across our branch network and took the stock to the warehouse for future sale in hospice shops.

While COVID restricted some of our fund-raising activities that we had planned last year, we’re still managed to show our support and thank the Martin House team by taking part in its annual Dragon Boat Race at Roundhay Park lake and both the York and Leeds 10k runs.

Abi Proctor, partnerships manager at Martin House, said: “Linley & Simpson’s commitment to Martin House has been incredible and their support has made a real difference to the babies, children and young people who need the care of our specialist team.

“We’re looking forward to supporting the Linley & Simpson team as they complete their fundraising challenges in what is a landmark year for the firm.” Based at Boston Spa, near Wetherby, Martin House supports families across West, North and East Yorkshire, by providing support and palliative care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions.

It costs Martin House nearly £9m each year to provide this vital care which has been severely affected by the COVID pandemic for almost two years. Martin House only receives around 11 per cent statutory funding and therefore relies on donations and fundraising to cover the remaining costs.

Every year it cares for more than 420 children and their families, as well as around 150 bereaved families, at its hospice, in hospitals and in the community. It is open 24/7, 365 days a year, whenever families need help and support.

For more information about how to support Martin House through our activities, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/linleyandsimpsonfundraising21-22

Image caption: 25th anniversary challenge ... pictured in the hospice grounds are (from left) Martin House Chief Executive Clair Holdsworth; Linley & Simpson Chairman Will Linley; Martin House ambassador and former YTV presenter Christine Talbot; and Linley & Simpson Chief Executive Nick Simpson.

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