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Santa visits West Yorkshire children's hospice

With just over a week to go to the big day, Father Christmas agreed to take time out of his hectic schedule to spread some festive cheer at Martin House hospice in West Yorkshire.

As Rudolf and the rest of the reindeer were saving their energy for Christmas Eve, it was down to Leeds Bradford airport to get him there. This report contains flash photography,


25th anniversary games

Martin House Children's Hospice is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a day of games consisting of 9 popular athletics events, 5 track and 4 field events at the Grammar School at Leeds. The games will be a celebration of the care that Martin House gives.

Since opening its doors in 1987, Martin House has cared for over 2000 families, both in the Hospice and in the community, completely free of charge to everyone. The charity cares for babies, children and young people with life limiting illnesses, and for their families, too.

This year Martin House needs £4.6 million to continue providing vital services to children, young people and their families. It receives less the 12% funding from statutory sources. You can find out more about the work of Martin House here.