KIRKHEATON fundraisers have collected almost £8,000 for Kirkwood Hospice in just a year.

The hospice's Kirkheaton Support Group raised £7,836.87 in 2005.

The presentation took place on Saturday at Kirkheaton Liberal Club, where the support group was holding its annual Easter fair.

The event raised £635.10.

The 2005 fundraising total was the highest ever achieved by the Kirkheaton Support Group.

It was raised through a series of events, including the group's annual Christmas, Easter and Summer fairs - which are all held at Kirkheaton Liberal Club.

The group also takes part in the hospice's Tea At 3 event, which involves people holding tea parties to raise cash every June.

The support group also has stalls at the annual open garden event at the hospice, at Albany Road.

Members also hold collections in Huddersfield pubs and shops throughout the year.

Mrs Trigg said the 2005 total was helped by the sale of a video made for the group by local film-maker Trevor Spencer.

He put together a series of film clips shot by the late amateur film-maker Maurice Broadbent, between 1934 and 1977.

The video, entitled The Kirkheaton Collection, includes black and white pictures of Kirkheaton Co-op and the King George V Silver Jubilee Celebrations.

It also has footage of the village's celebrations of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation in 1953 and her silver jubilee in 1977.

The Kirkheaton Support Group will be celebrating its own silver jubilee this year.

It was set up in 1981 to raise funds to build the hospice.

Mrs Trigg said they are hoping to make 2006 a momentous year.

She said: "The proceeds of the video have helped us a lot this year and I think it explains the record figure.

"Hopefully, we will break this record again at the end of 2006."

* Copies of The Kirkheaton Collection are still on sale, priced at £10, from Mrs Trigg. Contact her on 01484 535603.