Now, ten years down the line an incredible £4million has been raised and we must say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has donated, pulled on their running shoes or taken on a challenge in order to support the Appeal.
Thanks to this support the Appeal has been able to support an incredible number of charities. From Hannah House, to Leeds General Infirmary to St Gemma's Hospice and local community groups across Yorkshire.
We have been very lucky to work with a number of very special charities over the years and thanks to your fundriasing we've been able to support them as they provide vital services across the region.
St Gemma's Hospice - donation of £37,500 towards the refurbishment Appeal.
Following the unwavering support we have received from the Yorkshire region over the years it has always been important that the money we raise in Yorkshrie we invest back into the region by supporting other charitable organisations. So in 2010 we held the 'Big Charity Give Away' in conjunction with the Yorkshire Evening Post, Hull Daily Mail and York Press where we gave out grants totalling in excess of £100,000 to charities both big and small.
Here are just a few of the organisations who benefitted...
- Swarcliffe Good Neighbours £15,000
- Pyramid of Arts £3,588
- Meanwood Valley Farm £4,977
- Leeds Children's Charity Holiday home £6,000
- Armley Scouts £3,000
As an organisation we will always continue to provide support to charities across the region but in the coming months we will be annoucing new project areas that the Appeal will be investing in and how you can help.
We are always looking for areas in care that are currently lacking investment and in the coming years we hope to be able to provide fundraisers with the option of choosing where their money goes.
Jane's Fundraising Challenges
I'm delighted to support the Leeds 10k. Jane, a Sparks vice-president herself, was a truly inspirational figure who became our biggest-ever individual fundraiser.
Sir Matthew Pinsent CBE
Four-time Olympic Gold Medallist
I was lucky enough to call Jane a friend and like many was touched by her determination and drive to make a difference to many millions of people's lives, despite battling with her own cruel illness.
Steve Cram OBE
Olympic Silver Medalist
Jane's unwavering determination, strength courage and selflessness in the face of adversity is an inspiration to each and every one of us. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to play a part in making sure that Jane's memory and legacy lives in the great work of the Appeal
Four time World Ironman Champion
Jane has led the way on many occasions with inspirational feats that have left us all in awe of her absolute determination and keen desire to help others.
Jane Tomlinson Appeal Patron
"It is a huge honour for me to be a patron of Jane Tomlinson Appeal. Jane was such a very special person. Her bravery, courage and strength were a huge inspiration to me and I am sure to so many others. She fought cancer every step with such passion and positivity."
Paula Radcliffe MBE