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About Martin House

Martin House is a hospice for children and young people, located in Boston Spa, near Wetherby. We provide respite and palliative care across West, North and East Yorkshire for families with a child or young person who has a life-limiting condition. For these families, life can be very difficult for both the child or young person, and their parents, carers and brothers and sisters. At Martin House, our support is family-led, allowing families to feel at home when they visit. The services we provide to children and young people with life-limiting conditions are free of charge. Currently, we support 402 families across our region, both at Martin House and through community care provision, and we provide bereavement support to 173 families. Our aim is to allow the children, young people and families who use Martin House to live life well and to the fullest. To be able to continue offering the care and support that we do, this year, we must raise ÂŁ8 million. Our events generate a considerable amount of our total income, giving supporters the opportunity to take part in something fun and exciting for a local cause. Last year, we held 18 events, with over 2,600 participants. We also had 123 companies attending our events, and 10 corporate sponsors.

We know that there are more children and young people, and their families, who need our services. By taking part in an event for Martin House, you not only help to raise vital funds, but you also help us to raise awareness of our services across your local area.


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Why support us? We have events that all the family can take part in, as well as individual events for daredevils who are seeking a new challenge. Are you looking to fundraise with a team? We’ve got a number of team-building events on offer! However and whoever you choose to fundraise with, your help and support gives our families opportunities to make lasting memories. For families who have sadly lost their child, we are able to provide bereavement support to them, guiding them through their grief.


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Team Building

Leeds Dragon Boat Race

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Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge

The Leeds Dragon Boat Race is the ultimate team-builder, so get your colleagues together, set yourself a fundraising target and get rowing! Back for the twelfth year, 42 teams of 10 rowers and one drummer will take to the lake at Roundhay Park in Leeds and row their way to become champion of the Leeds Dragon Boat Race 2019.

This infamous Yorkshire challenge will take you to new heights!

Our partner company, Gable Events, will teach you the ropes when it comes to Dragon Boat Racing, and a member of the team will be there to guide you. Keep your stamina throughout the day to power you through to the finish line. Up on the hill, you’ll set up your team station, where you can enjoy plenty of refreshments and watch the competition unfold. Aside from perfecting your rowing technique, you need to look the part on the water. Get creative with your costumes and team name, and there’ll be prizes for the best dressed. You can even go that step further and opt to take part in the Tug o’ War on the hill! Sounds like your kind of challenge? Contact our events team now by calling 01937 844569 or email

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Registration fee: £350 Tug o’ War: £65 Minimum team sponsorship to raise: £1,000 Date: Sunday 19th May 2019 Time: 10am at Roundhay Park 4

Price: £30 registration fee Minimum sponsorship to raise: £150 Date: Saturday 15th June 2019 Time: 7am start at Horton-in-Ribblesdale

Golf Day

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See Yorkshire for all it is as you take on Ingleborough, Pen-y-ghent and Whernside. This challenge is no mean feat, so Kuta Outdoors, our partner company for this event, will help you to build up your stamina and endurance with a series of practice walks that you can take part in. Pull in your colleagues to do the challenge, or take part as a friends and family group. Either way, put on your fundraising hat and get hiking up those hills!

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Are you a keen golfer? Wetherby Golf Club is hosting our annual Golf Day, so round up your team and tee off on one of Yorkshire’s finest golf courses. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day, including a breakfast sandwich in the morning. There will be a presentation dinner in the evening, where prizes will be given for those who have topped the scoreboards.

Price: £300 registration fee (evening meal included & pre-dinner drink) Date: Friday 14th June 2019 Time: 11am start at Wetherby Golf Club

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York 10K

For the tenth year, we’re looking for artists and bands aged 22 and under to take part in Yorkshire’s largest music competition! See page 10 for more information. Dates: 23rd, 24th and 25th April 2019



Events Calendar

Simplyhealth Great North Run Great for those seasoned 10K runners who don’t quite fancy a marathon, the Simplyhealth to Great North Run is back for 2019. Represent Martin House in One ff o your Team Martin House running vest, along with 57,000 other k c ti t ucke runners! Date: 8th September 2019 the b

Miles for Smiles - Aim to walk, run or swim the length of a marathon (26.2 miles) - or move however you choose! – across the month of March and put smiles on the faces of the children and young people at Martin House, by raising as much as you can! Throughout March



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Centre Stage Heats

London Marathon

Look out for our five worthy runners who will be taking to the streets of London in their bright orange Martin House vests! See page 11 for more information about how you can apply for a Martin House charity place in 2020. Date: 28th April 2019


The only time in the year that we open our doors to the public. Come and see how your support helps our families! Date: 6th October 2019

Yorkshire 10 Mile

Takes place on the same day as the Yorkshire Marathon. Sample the highlights of the marathon but enjoy a shorter distance run. Date: 20th October 2019

Yorkshire Marathon

A little bit closer to home but a marathon all the same. Wear your Team Martin House running vest as you make your way around the centre and suburbs of York. Date: 20th October 2019

Leeds Half Marathon

This event has been a benchmark of the Martin House events calendar for many years, and is deemed the ‘stepping stone’ event for the Yorkshire Marathon. Date: 12th May 2019

Leeds Dragon Boat Race The ultimate competitive teambuilding activity at the very picturesque Roundhay Park. Gather your colleagues, friends or family together and get rafting your way to the finish line! Date: 19th May 2019



Open Day

Golf Day Take in the golfing green of Wetherby and tee off with your golfing friends. Many exciting prizes to be won on the day! Date: 14th June 2019 Yorkshire Three Peaks Fundraise your way to the top with this classic regional

Wetherby Santa Run



Glitter Ball Our most glamorous event of the year takes place in May at the prestigious Rudding Park Hotel in Harrogate. A guaranteed good night out for a good cause! See page 9 for more information. Date: 10th May 2019

The York 10K is renowned for its scenic route, with many historic landmarks to spot on your way around the city. Date: 4th August 2019

Join our team of Santas as they take to the streets of Wetherby spreading festive cheer and raising awareness of Martin House. Ready, set, go-ho-ho! Date: 1st December 2019

challenge and take in the beautiful sights of Yorkshire on the way. Date: 15th June 2019

Leeds 10K


Join the crowds of runners taking part in the 2019 Leeds 10K and represent Martin House in your Team Martin House vest. Date: 7th July 2019


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Centre Stage Final Made it through the heats? Now’s your time to battle it out for the chance to play at Reading and Leeds Festival 2019! Date: 25th July 2019

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Light up a Life

Our three services in Boston Spa, Skipton and Bradford offer a time of reflection to remember someone special. Take this opportunity to join others and celebrate the lives of loved ones. Find the dates for our services on our website.

Strictly Get Dancing

Fancy yourself as the next Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers? Learn to dance over six weeks and showcase your steps on show night. We promise an evening of glitz, glamour and plenty of sequins! Keep an eye out on our social media pages and website for more details!

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Open Day

Strictly Get Dancing Are you a big fan of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing? Why not try your hand at taking to the dancefloor, all in aid of Martin House!

This is the only day in the year that our hospice is open to the public. Come and see Martin House for yourself, go on a tour around the hospice with a member of our care team and take part in a range of activities we have going on throughout the day.

Learn to ballroom and Latin dance over a number of weeks, ready to showcase your moves on the Strictly Get Dancing dancefloor. You’ll be performing in front of our guest judges, who will be the ultimate deciders of who takes home the Glitter Ball in 2019.

Bring your friends and family and help us to raise awareness of your local hospice for children and young people. There will be a tombola on the day and light refreshments will be available, as well as lots of entertainment. We also have visits from a variety of local animals!

Date: Sunday 6th October 2019 Time: 11am - 3pm Location: Martin House

Complete the length of a marathon - 26.2 miles - across the month of March. Try something new in 2019 and set yourself a challenge! You could walk, swim, cycle, or you could even get creative with how you make up your miles! With each mile you tick off, you will help to put a smile on the faces of the children and young people who visit Martin House. You could achieve your miles by going the extra step each day. This could be by walking during your lunch break, or cycling to or from school or work. Or, you could go on a planned walk with friends and family at the weekend, taking in the sights of Yorkshire. The money you raise will go towards fun activities at Martin House that are guaranteed to make children and young people smile, such as providing the equipment for an art therapy session, or paying for delicious ingredients that families can bake with while they stay. These are activities that are often difficult to do at home for Martin House families. Register for free online by going to, download your pack and Miles for Smiles wall planner and get started!


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Contact our events team to find out more information and be a part of something special in 2019.

Glitter Ball

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Our most glamorous event of the year takes place in May at the prestigious Rudding Park Hotel in Harrogate. Put on your best ball gown, dig out your finest suit and join us for a guaranteed good night out. The evening will consist of a luxury three-course dinner, a live and a silent auction with amazing prizes to be won, a live band for you to get your groove on later in the evening and much, much more. The 2018 Glitter Ball was our biggest yet, raising £137,000 for Martin House. Help us to make 2019’s event even better! Purchase tickets today by calling 01937 844569 or email our events team

Date and time: Friday 10th May 2019, 7pm Prices: £95 – individual ticket £950 – table of 10 £1,140 – table of 12

£1,500 – VIP table of 10 £1,740 – VIP table of 12

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Centre Stage

Celebrating its 10th year, Centre Stage is the largest music competition in Yorkshire for young people aged 22 and under.

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The heats will take place at Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen in Leeds over the course of 201 three days. Those who make it through the heats Stag e Win 8 Centre will then perform at the live final at O2 Academy in ners Leeds, where the winner, who will get to play the BBC Introducing stage at Reading and Leeds Festival, will be announced. Get involved to be in with your chance of performing at one of the UK’s most prestigious music festivals. Martin House ambassador and Embrace band member Mike Heaton will be on the judging panel, alongside a representative of Reading and Leeds Festival.

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Heats: 23rd, 24th and 25th April 2019, Belgrave Canteen and Music Hall Final: Thursday 25th July 2019, O2 Academy, Leeds

Wetherby Santa Run

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friendly. Your job is to help the people of Wetherby get into the festive spirit, while raising awareness of Martin House!

Date: 1st December 2019 Registration fee: £10 Adult, £7 Child (5-15), Under 5s go free Location: Wetherby Town Hall Minimum sponsorship to raise: £50

Light up a Life

Our Light up a Life services are a time for reflection, to remember someone special. The services are multi-faith and everyone is welcome to come along. We have three services, in Boston Spa, Skipton and Bradford, where you can light a candle to remember a loved one. Carols will be sung throughout the services as well as performances and accompaniment from local music groups. If you have made a Light up a Life dedication, your dedication will be in our Books of Remembrance which will be on display at each of the services.

You can find the dates of our Light up a Life services on our website.


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Fundraising Runs For many years, Martin House has had a big presence at the Jane Tomlinson Run For All events and 2019 will be no different. For those who are new to running or enjoy running a shorter distance, the Leeds 10K in July and York 10K in August are ideal events. If you’re wanting to try a slightly longer distance, the Leeds Half Marathon could be the run for you, taking place in May. Push yourself even further at the Yorkshire Marathon in October, which is back for its sixth year. The Simplyhealth Great North Run is the biggest half-marathon in the world with over 57,000 runners taking part! Join #TeamMartinHouse at the Great North Run this year. Each year we have a small number of charity places available for the Virgin Money London Marathon. We would love to see Team Martin House representing us among the streets of London, so apply now to be considered for a charity place in 2020.

Leeds Half Marathon: Registration fee: £26 Minimum sponsorship to raise: £150 Date: Sunday 12th May 2019 Time: 9.30am start

Yorkshire 10 Mile: Registration fee: £30 Minimum sponsorship to raise: £150 Date: Sunday 20th October 2019 Time: 9.30am start

Leeds 10K: Registration fee: £26 Minimum sponsorship to raise: £100 Date: Sunday 7th July 2019 Time: 9.30am start

Yorkshire Marathon: Registration fee: £45 Minimum sponsorship to raise: £250 Date: Sunday 20th October 2019 Time: 9.30am start

York 10K: Registration fee: £20 Minimum sponsorship to raise: £100 Date: Sunday 4th August 2019 Time: 9.30am start

London Marathon: Minimum sponsorship to raise: £1,500

Simplyhealth Great North Run: Registration fee: £56 Minimum sponsorship to raise: £300 Date: Sunday 8th September 2019

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Sponsorship opportunities As a charity, we want to maximise the income we make from our events, so more money can go directly to the care that we provide for those who use our services. Being associated with Martin House is a great way to get your company name out and about across West, North and East Yorkshire to a wide audience. We have many sponsorship opportunities available. If you’re willing to help us out with sponsorship in any way, we would be very grateful for your support. Contact today to discuss opportunities to sponsor our events.


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Martin House Events Calendar 2019  

Find out more about how you can get involved with Martin House in 2019!

Martin House Events Calendar 2019  

Find out more about how you can get involved with Martin House in 2019!