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Dragon boat race

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Teams have been taking part in a Dragon Boat Challenge at Roundhay Park lake to raise money for Martin House Children's Hospice. The charity, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, has to raise £4.9million every year.

Nearly 40 teams of 10 paddlers took part, raising thousands for the charity. Hundreds of supporters cheered the teams along.

  • Martin House opened its doors to children and their families in 1987, becoming only the second children's hospice in the UK. It aims to provide family-led care for children with life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses (life-limiting means the child is not expected to live beyond young adulthood).
  • In 2002 Martin House opened the UK's first unit for teenagers and young people.
  • There are 15 bedrooms; nine in Martin House itself and six in the teenage unit. Each year Martin House cares for around 340 children.
  • Bereavement support is offered to families, often for two to three years after their child's death. Each year Martin House cares for over 120 bereaved families.
  • There is no cost to any of the families using Martin House. It costs over £4.9 million a year to provide this care, of which 12% comes from statutory sources, the rest from voluntary donations and fundraising.