Halifax fish-keepers donate leftover cash to Overgate Hospice

Overgate Hospice receive a cheque from the Halifax Aquarist Society
Overgate Hospice receive a cheque from the Halifax Aquarist Society
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A local hobby society has donated its remaining funds to charity after being forced to disband.

The Halifax Aquarist Society, which catered for fish-keeping enthusiasts since 1946, was left with around £5,000 in its bank account after deciding to fold.

Members made the decision to give the money to local organisations, and Overgate Hospice, Yorkshire Air Ambulance, Macmillan and several animal charities have all benefited. Overgate Hospice received £998 from former chairman Dennis Fryer.

“Now that the society is no longer running we were keen to use our remaining funds to support the community. Overgate Hospice is close to the hearts of many of our former members and we are glad to be able to contribute towards the continuation of their work,” he said.

Overgate’s senior fundraiser Laura Whitham was delighted with the donation.

“We were thrilled to meet Dennis and to accept his very generous donation on behalf of the society. The funds will go a long way to support our work and we are extremely grateful to all former members of the society for thinking of us,” she added.