A CAMPAIGN to build a children's hospice has been boosted - thanks to kind- hearted Examiner readers.
Dozens of land owners have come forward after West Yorkshire Forget Me Not Trust was refused planning permission to build on Lindley Moor.
The Trust - set up in 1998 to raise funds for a £4m children's hospice and respite centre - was turned down after councillors decided the site off Old Lindley Road was unsuitable for development.
Concerns about noise, air pollution, access and the use of green belt land were some of the reasons given.
The rejection came as a blow for the Trust, which was proposing a seven-bed hospice and accommodation for up to five families on the rural site - offered at a reduced price.
Now hope has been restored, thanks to the generosity of other landowners.
Mandy Barwick, senior fundraiser for the Trust, said: "We have been overwhelmed by the public support we have received and now have to look at all our options.
"We are still considering whether to appeal and need to look at the other sites that have been offered to us as a result of all the publicity.
"But we are still asking people if they can help to please let us know.
"Another consideration has to be the cost, because we are not a commercial organisation - this is public money.
"So it has to be at a favourable price."
She also appealed for people with legal, construction or technical expertise to come forward.
She said: "We have a small management committee and really need more skilled people to help.
"Whether they can hold a coffee morning or give us help and advice, it is all very much appreciated."
She said ideally the Trust was looking for a level, rural site offering easy access to the M62 motorway.
At present, children with life- threatening illnesses are forced to travel to Manchester or Wetherby for care.
It is hoped the planned hospice will support those living in Kirklees and Calderdale.
Anyone who can help is asked to contact Mandy Barwick on 01422 387382.