Hospital launches 50 for 50 charity challenge

Posted on June 3, 2020 by AireAdmin No Comments

Airedale Hospital is asking people to come up with some fantastic ’50 for 50’ ideas to get involved to help celebrate their 50th anniversary which takes place on 5 July.  The hospital opened its doors to its first patients 50 years ago on that day in 1970 as 12 ambulances brought the 60 patients from Keighley Victoria Hospital.

As many events in the UK have been postponed or cancelled due to COVID-19, this also means that the 50th anniversary celebrations the hospital had planned will be different.  We’ve come up with a 50 for 50 challenge so anyone can take part from home and the trust has shared lots of ideas for inspiration on their website on what you can do: learn 50 new spellings?  Walk 50 miles?  Read 50 books?  Bake 50 buns? There’s something for everyone.

If you want to take part you can setup your own fundraising page on Just Giving and link to the trust official 50:50 challenge.  Or, if you would prefer, you can simply complete your challenge and donate your sponsorship to the hospital afterwards.  For all the information go to

Jodie Hearnshaw, Fundraising and Recognition Manager at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust says:

“Now more than ever we would love people to get involved in fundraising for our hospital whilst celebrating this special occasion.  You don’t have to be a super juggler or marathon runner to take part in this challenge.  We want people to let us know what they are up to so we can share it too and most of all we want people to have fun and take some time to celebrate our hospital being part of the community for the past 50 years.” 

The trust will share the proceeds of the campaign 50:50 between the two hospital charities Airedale Hospital & Community Charity and Friends of Airedale.  

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