THE Rose & Crown (Cop Hill, Slaithwaite) is delighted to sponsor the Services to Charity Award.
Being at the heart of the local community the pub is always happy to get involved with all types of fund raising and charitable events. Landlord Steve Kerr said: "We are proud to be associated with these awards and feel the closer we can work together and support each other establishes a sense of pride in what we are all doing."
The pub serves traditional home-made quality food including light lunches, bar and restaurant meals from its compregensive menu along with a selection of real ales, lagers, ciders and wines. The pub's beautifully restored barn function room mixes contemporary style with classic original features and is the perfect venue for weddings, private parties and conferences for up to 80 people. It is everything you would expect - and more - from a traditional country inn with stunning views over the Colne Valley.
KIRKWOOD Hospice relies on its army of volunteers. And no less than 16 of them have notched up 25 years helping the Dalton hospice - the entire time the hospice has been running - and some even helped to set its services up. Over the year they clock up an incredible 35,500 hours between them. Voluntary Services co-ordinator Judith Robinson said: "The volunteers bring the normality of life to Kirkwood and demedicalise the clinical experience that the patients and relatives may have had.
"They provide friendship and, of course, a huge financial saving and contribution with help, donations, time and friendship. Time is the most precious gift anyone can give and these people have been giving their time for 25 years. The volunteers complement the work of the paid staff, providing the extras and allowing the nursing staff valued time with patients. "Many of them have held full-time jobs and donated their time regularly on an evening or weekend or have given their time while they have raised a family."
Judith added: "The reception volunteers are on the front line for Kirkwood, answering the telephone, meeting and greeting visitors and often lending a shoulder for someone to cry on or a listening ear." Other volunteers help out with the administration, run the team trolley service and sort out refreshments for meetings and educational study days. The auxiliary volunteer, Mary Stenson, helps the nursing staff with patient care. There is even a volunteer hairdresser, Ann Horne, who helps the hospice's support and therapy volunteers. And, finally, there are the hospice trustees.
"The trustees oversee the running of Kirkwood," said Judith. "They give their time freely on an evening and during the day, ensuring the legal and financial side is looked after and lending their support to staff." And she concluded: "The volunteers make my job worthwhile. There isn't anything they wouldn't do for the patients or families. Over the years they have been a personal support to me and I cannot thank them enough."
The volunteers are Phil Beever, Joan Broadbent, Audrey Jessop, Marjorie Meeks, Judith Tebb (all work on reception); Pat Morelli, Tina Sutcliffe, Charles Webster (all tea trolley); Sue Bottomley (nurse and reception), Betty Lloyd (reception and finance), auxiliary nurse Mary Stenson, trustee Neville Sheard, support and therapy volunteer Pat Wright, ward clerk Linda Leech, administrator Liz Brooke and hairdresser Ann Horne.
MANDY Barwick’s name has become synonymous with charity work.
It all began in 2004 when she attended a public meeting to hear about the work of Ainley Top mum-of-two Linda Senior who had formed a charity called The West Yorkshire Forget Me Not Trust with the ultimate aim to build a children’s hospice in the Huddersfield area.
From that year onwards Mandy’s life changed beyond all recognition as the charity fundraising bug saw her embark on a task to help raise in excess of £3m – and at that time there was only £385,000 in the charity’s bank account.
She left the meeting as voluntary fundraiser. She was also holding down a full time job but Mandy dedicated all of her spare time to the cause.
Mandy has received several nominations and her partner, Andrew Taylor, said: "This relatively small, low profile local charity was transformed into a successful, vibrant and well-structured organisation that quickly had in place – thanks to the generosity of many businesses and organisations – all the resources and facilities it required donated free of charge.
"During the next four years Mandy’s patience, tenacity, confidence in her own ability and sheer determination surprised many. She was a formidable fundraiser, working night and day, always going that extra mile, challenging the boundaries and putting others before herself.
"This drive and determination to succeed would open many doors to many rooms and every room entered she would brighten with her infectious smile. She became a magnet, recruiting armies of invaluable volunteers and supporters, demonstrating that she showed a genuine interest and gratitude to each and every person who joined in the crusade.
"Mandy bid a sad farewell to the charity in 2008 when finally the planning was given the official seal of approval and she left in place an established, dedicated team of staff and a charity in a strong financial position to plan and commence building this much needed children’s hospice."
Andrew added: "Although her career path led her into the private sector, her natural flair, outstanding talent and passion for fundraising meant that in no time at all numerous local charities contacted her for voluntary support from hosting fashion shows to organising events. She continued to selflessly give her all to any charity that called upon her. Saying "no" was not an option to her."
These have included Overgate Hospice and the Huw Thatcher Trust.
In July 2011 Mandy was diagnosed with Grade 2 Breast Cancer, but it just spurred her to step up her charity work and despite several operations she set out to achieve a personal dream to establish ‘The Charity Angels’ – a group of individuals and businesses committed to supporting worthwhile charities by giving skill, will and expertise and simply lending a hand to those who need it most. She is now dubbed the charity’s Archangel.
Andrew added: "As founder of the Charity Angels, Mandy is fondly known as Archangel as her warm and caring nature naturally attracts volunteer Angels. Her drive and enthusiasm is infectious and her expertise, reliability and integrity are an invaluable asset to charities.’’
Mandy recently completed the 260-mile Pedal For Pounds bike ride to raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Huddersfield Town Youth Academy.
In mid June she will become a fundraiser with Kirkwood Hospice.
YOU just can’t get better friends than these.
The Friends Support Group for the Forget Me Not Trust Children’s Hospice was set up eight years ago and has raised £110,000 towards making that dream become a reality.
The hospice has now been built in Brackenhall and that has only been possible with fundraising on this kind of scale and dedication.
The Friends were nominated by Norman Mellor from Meltham, who said: "It is a magnificent sum for a wonderful project. They have achieved this by organising coffee mornings, concerts, fashion shows – you name it and they have done it.’’
They group includes Noreen Rochford from Deighton and her husband, Terry, who is the group’s treasurer, Eileen King from Meltham, Mary France from Berry Brow, Betty Smith from Meltham, Hannah King from Helme and Margaret Baxter from Newsome.
Noreen said: "It takes a lot of organising but it’s so rewarding.
"I usually have a little cry every time I see the new building. It’s taken so much effort by so many people to get it to this stage.’’
The group was set up after Noreen responded to a plea for help by Linda Senior who had the original dream for a children’s hospice in the Huddersfield around 15 years ago.
She was in hospital with her disabled son, Russell, at the time as he underwent several operations.
Noreen said: "Linda appealed for help as she needed to share the burden. I asked my friends if they could give me a hand to try to do one fundraising event a month.’’
And they have carried on ever since.
So the next three for your diaries are a Jubilee lunch this Friday afternoon June 1 at Meltham Sports And Social Club, a golf tournament at Elland Golf Club on July 24 and a coffee day and lunch at Huddersfield Grammar School in Paddock on August 5.