It's one of the largest charities in Kirklees.

But despite its massive fundraising operation, Kirkwood Hospice needs every penny.

That’s why it entered The Examiner’s Wish campaign last year and has done so again this year.

Registration for the 2013 share-out closes next week and with places restricted to 150, groups are urged to make sure their applications are in ahead of next Wednesday’s deadline.

Registration closes at 5pm that day and all those groups accepted for registration are then sure to share a slice of the £25,000 up for grabs.

The Kirkwood Hospice provides specialist end of life care, free of charge, to adults in Kirklees.

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Care and support is also provided for family members, friends and carers, both during the illness and after death.

The hospice recently opened its brand new in-patient unit after more than a year of construction and fundraising efforts.

Marie Peacock, manager of the project to redevelop the ageing buildings, said: “Last year the money we received from the Examiner’s Wish campaign went towards our Capital Appeal.

“The appeal aimed to raise �3m to refurbish and extend the in-patient unit at Kirkwood Hospice.

“The amount raised by Wish was enough to cover the cost of the new microwave and crockery in our new family kitchen diner.

“This area is an important addition to our in-patient unit, allowing families to spend quality time together away from the bedside.”

This year the hospice hopes any cash it receives from the campaign can help with patient care.

Marie explained: “We intend to spend money raised this year on covering the cost of caring for one of our patients for 24-hours.

“Every penny really does make a difference!”

A special supplement will be published on Tuesday, October 1, profiling all 150 of this year’s Wish groups.