Open house raises cash
Dec 29 2009 Huddersfield Daily Examiner
A HUDDERSFIELD man staged a house party to raise money for charity.
Steven Chappelow raised £2,200 when he threw open the doors of his Upper Cumberworth home for 200 friends and neighbours.
Steven helped revellers get into the festive spirit by dressing up as Santa and giving presents to the children and Meltham Brass Band played Christmas carols.
There was also a hog roast, raffle and a prize auction.
Half of the proceeds have been donated to the Variety Club Children’s Charity, which raises funds for sick, disabled and disadvantaged children.
The rest of the cash was given to Kirkwood Hospice, which provides specialist care for people facing life-threatening illness.
It is the third fundraiser Steven has staged in aid of the Dalton-based charity.
He said: “Three good friends of mine, Richard and John Prior, a father and son from Marsh, and Sue Neill, from Stockport, died from cancer.
“Richard died last July and spent his final weeks in Kirkwood.
“It’s a fantastic facility and the staff work hard to make sure they give people a bit of dignity in the end as well as helping their families.”