Got an unwanted gift? Or something you bought but never used? Thinking of having a clear-out?
Then Kirkwood Hospice wants to hear from you.
The Dalton based charity which provides specialist care for people with life-limiting illnesses is desperate for donated items to be used as prizes at its vital fund-raising events.
Caring for people throughout Kirklees, free of charge, costs around £4m a year.
Prize stocks are running low, so the hospice urgently needs to top up its supply of items from chocolates to wine; bathroom items to vouchers; ornaments to kitchen utensils.
“Basically anything,” says Kirkwood fundraiser Virginia Grealy, “but the items must be new and in their original wrapping. Second-hand goods can’t be used as prizes.
“We need vast quantities to keep us going throughout the year as we are always doing raffles, tombolas and coffee mornings”.
As the festive season approaches, the need increases with gifts required for events such as the Christmas Fair and a murder mystery night in November.
As well as smaller gifts, over the years the hospice has also been given more unusual items such as a TV, mini-fridge, large drinks cooler and a garden tool-holder.
And many gift-donors are ‘regulars’.
One is 64-year-old Jane Renshaw from Almondbury who is well-known for her welcome gifts of wine and spirits.
Her partner died from cancer 12 years ago and he was a patient at Kirkwood. “Since then I have tried to do what I can,” she said. “I like to donate drinks because they are unisex welcomed by both men and women. Most people enjoy a tipple and it’s something you can always use.
“I realise fund-raising is a constant issue for the Hospice.”
A 93-year-old from Fenay Bridge in Huddersfield is also a long-term supporter.
She didn’t want to be named, but has been giving items – often clothes and bags – to Kirkwood since it opened in 1987.
“It’s such a wonderful cause. It has really got to me,” she said.”I will continue to help for as long as I can.”
Ideally, gifts should be taken to the Hospice fund-raising office in Albany Road, Dalton. But collections can be arranged if necessary. Details from Virginia Grealy on 01484 557911.