Bradford District Rotarians make donation to Martin House

Forget the winter cold – next summer young people with life-shortening conditions will be able to enjoy the summer sun in comfort thanks to a donation from Bradford Rotarians.

A group of ten Rotary clubs from across the Bradford district have donated £2,750 to Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People.

The money will be used to buy garden furniture which is accessible for wheelchair users at the hospice’s teenage and young adult unit Whitby Lodge.

The corner unit with built-in fire pit was chosen in consultation with young people to enable them to have a more relaxing and comfortable outdoor seating area.

It will be bought thanks to the donation from the clubs – Bingley, Bingley Airedale, Bradford, Bradford Blaize, Bradford Bronte, Bradford West, Haworth and Worth Valley, Idle and Greengates, Keighley and Shipley.

They received a £1,000 grant from the Rotary Foundation, and each club also donated £175 to reach the total.

Caroline Murie, from Bradford Bronte Rotary, said: “We are passionate about supporting young people, as Bradford is the youngest city in the UK. Martin House is there for the young people of the Bradford District, so we wanted to be there for Martin House.

“I think this is also the first time the Rotary clubs across the Bradford district have come together in this way to support a charity.”

The clubs are also joining forces to donate a specimen Korean fir tree to be planted in Martin House’s gardens, as part of a wider Rotary initiative to plant more trees in communities.

Martin House supports children and young people with life-limiting conditions across West, North and East Yorkshire. Around a third of the children it supports come from the Bradford area.

Chris Verney, Bradford community fundraiser for Martin House, said: “We are fortunate to have some beautiful gardens at Martin House, which all of our families enjoy when they stay here.

“This furniture will help to make this a more relaxing space for our young people to use, and the tree will take pride of place in our front lawn for all of our visitors to enjoy.”

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Picture caption: Caroline Murie and representatives from the Bradford district Rotary clubs present Martin House fundraiser with £2,750.

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