KIRKWOOD Hospice has a £3m appeal under way to massively renovate its services – and people are rallying to the fund- raising call.
A huge building project is under way at the site on Albany Road in Dalton which will hopefully be completed by next June.
It will feature nine en-suite single bedrooms, new three and four-bed bays and a bedroom for families wanting to remain at the hospice at night, along with a large family lounge with a kitchen and dining area.
The project will cost £3m and a special Capital Appeal has been set up to raise it.
But this is on top of the hospice’s £4.2m annual running costs – with 80% coming from fundraising and donations.
Already £600,000 has been raised towards the Capital Appeal total and work is under way with the in-patient care now transferred to Ward 11 at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary while the massive refurbishment and extension is carried out.
Former Kirklees Council Chief Executive Rob Vincent has recently become the Capital Appeal chairman and has appealed to pubs, clubs – in fact the whole Kirklees community – to rally round like it did when the hospice was originally set up 25 years ago.
People have responded and here are a list of upcoming events – some in memory of hospice patients.
Tomorrow at Scholes Cricket Club, Holmfirth, starting at 7pm. Fundraiser in celebration of Andrew ‘Arfa’ Francis. It includes an auction and disco. Free entry.
Saturday, October 20, 10am-noon at Kirkwood Hospice. Complementary therapies coffee morning which includes therapy treats like reiki and image consultations as well as stalls and hand massages. Free entry.
Saturday, October 27, 7.30pm-10.30pm at St Paulinus Church, Dewsbury. A Night With The Stars cabaret evening in tribute to modern and old stars of the silver screen. Tickets are £12.
Monday, November 5, 2pm at Kirkwood Hospice. Orient Express Raffle Draw. Tickets currently on sale to win two tickets on board the festive Orient Express on December 4, priced at £1 each. Available from the Capital Appeal office.
Saturday, November 10, 7pm at Tristan Dance Studios, Lockwood. Called Strictly Spectacular and featuring a Strictly Come Dancing-style showcase with teachers to help you learn the steps. There will be a buffet, licensed bar and raffle. Tickets are £10.
Thursday, November 15 at Bagden Hall Hotel in Scissett at 6.15pm. Fashion show featuring children’s and ladies’ clothing, shoes and accessories. It is organised by Amanda Evans from Your Children’s Clothing in Denby Dale.
Saturday, November 17, 10am-noon at Kirkwood Hospice. Coffee morning with the theme ‘dance your way to health and happiness’ featuring fun belly dancing and advice or just pop in for a cuppa and cake! Organised by dance teacher Ann Wear.
Saturday, November 17, 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Shepley Methodist Church. Christmas Fair. Entry is £1 and includes refreshments and it will feature festive stalls and attractions. Proceeds to be split between the Capital Appeal and Forget Me Not Trust.
Sunday, December 9 at 9.30am in Huddersfield town centre. Santa Dash and Reindeer Run. The entry fee is £5 for adults and £2.50 for children under 11. This includes the Santa suit or reindeer ears. To register for the Kirkwood team, please contact the Capital Appeal Office on 01484 557911.
Sunday, December 16 at 9am there will be a Christmas breakfast at The Blacksmith’s Arms in Kirkheaton.
To find out more please contact the Capital Appeal office on 01484 557911.
Friday, January 18, 7pm at Bagden Hall. Charity ball with proceeds to the Capital Appeal and Forget Me Not Trust.