Bev says: Help me to beat my £5,000 total

Support: the team at Cutting Corners who have taken part in the hamper raffle each year.
Support: the team at Cutting Corners who have taken part in the hamper raffle each year.

WITH Easter nearly here it’s easy to fill your head – and tummy – with chocolate.

But one charity fund-raiser is asking you to dig deep to help those in need.

Bev Colclough, 47, from Wheatley, Halifax, has fought cancer twice.

Every year for the last six she has written to businesses, friends and family asking them to donate sweet treats to make Easter hampers that are raffled, raising money for Overgate Hospice, Elland.

She is hoping people will help her beat the £5,000 she raises yearly for the hospice that helped her with through her own battle with cancer.

After her treatment as a day-care guest, the mum-of-two decided she wanted to repay staff who helped her through her darkest days.

“As I started getting through it, I started doing bits of fund-raising, the odd coffee morning or auction,” said Bev.

Bev and her husband Rod have sent 43 hampers out this year to Halifax businesses.

“We first went to a couple of hairdressers and I just built it up from there and people are now ringing us to ask us for hampers,” said Bev. “Over the years I have seen the care, attention and love each person gets. It’s a fantastic place,” she said.

Trying to beat their total are staff at Cutting Corners, Boothtown. They have taken part each year and this year have recruited Beauty Above and therapist Karen Mitten to raffle her own hamper and boost their funds.

“They’ve been fantastic. They’re really pushing the boat out to beat their usual £400 a year,” said Bev.

Hampers are available across Halifax including at Sak’s hairdressers, Winterburn pub, Warley Road and the Horse and Jockey, Highroad Well.

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