Many organisations are turning to our membership initiative to pay tribute to worthy causes or individuals throughout the county.
In August the team at Overgate Hospice in Calderdale, received 130 My Y personal memberships for their staff for dedication and hard work. This was achieved through a private charitable donation
Janet Cawtheray, chief executive, Overgate Hospice “The last few months have been tricky times for everyone during the coronavirus crisis, but the team here at Overgate Hospice have worked so hard throughout and for 130 staff to receive honorary Welcome to Yorkshire My Y membership has been amazing and very much appreciated. It’s been a lovely day for the team, especially meeting the inspirational Hannah Cockroft and to receive recognition for all they’ve done during a particularly difficult few months.
The outdoors and gardens mean so much to patients here and to their families, who can spend vital and important time in the fresh air together, so for the team to have trees dedicated to them is something very special. I know they’ll all be wearing their green Y badges with pride too.”
Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive James Mason said “It was great to spend time with such positive and amazing Yorkshire people today and to see how pleased Hannah Cockroft and the team at Overgate Hospice are to receive their Welcome to Yorkshire My Y honorary membership and have trees dedicated to them. All proud Yorkshire individuals who give so much back.
We’ve had an overwhelming response to the membership launched on Yorkshire Day. We couldn’t be prouder to have such well-known and respected names like Paralympian Hannah Cockroft, as well as Captain Sir Tom Moore, Sir Patrick Stewart and Amanda Owen the Yorkshire Shepherdess as the honorary members, and we’re just delighted that so many others have already followed in their Yorkshire footsteps.
We’re aware of the huge diaspora of Yorkshire folk across the globe and the immense love people have for this part of the world, but what we hadn’t anticipated were the truly heart-warming stories about why people are signing up and what it means to have those ties to our brilliant county. For example, a group of grandchildren who’ve dedicated a tree to their great grandfather who died in WWI and is buried in Gaza. They wanted a permanent memorial to him locally that they could visit.
The idea really seems to have caught the public’s imagination and we’re thrilled to have reached such a milestone in such a short space of time and engaged with so many people across all generations who love our county as much as we do. A thousand trees will create around a hectare of woodland – the size of a rugby pitch so why stop there?! How many can we plant?”