Hundreds enjoy the Overgate Hospice’s garden party

Overgate Hospice Garden Party, Elland.'Guest star Darren Day with Organisers Tracey Broadbent (left) and Faye Henderson.
Overgate Hospice Garden Party, Elland.'Guest star Darren Day with Organisers Tracey Broadbent (left) and Faye Henderson.
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The sun came out on Sunday to shine on the hundreds of people who came to celebrate Overgate Hospice’s annual garden party.

The Elland hospice’s garden was packed with people enjoying a range of stalls and entertainment to help boost its funds.

Celebrity Darren Day brought his family along to enjoy the fun and officially opened the event at 2pm.

Visitors enjoyed a BBQ, tombola, face painting, a bouncy castle and live entertainment from acts including Helen O’Hara School of Dance and local band Trip Switch.

Speaking on the day, Darren Day told the Courier: “It was great to bring my family here and a pleasure to be involved.

“It’s a wonderful cause. The work Overgate Hospice does is incredible, to support those with life limiting illnesses and their familes and carers. What’s most impressive about this whole thing is so little of the funding comes from the primary care trust. There’s a £1.7m shortfall each year - and that’s a massive fund-raising target.

“It’s a really good atmosphere here, everyone’s having a great day. That’s what it’s all about - the community coming together support the hospice.”

Local entertainer Neil Hurst, an ambassador for the hospice, was the MC on the day. He said: “We just wanted to raise as much money as possible for Overgate Hospice and the great work that they do. The sun shone and everyone had a great day.”

Organiser Faye Henderson thanked all those who came out to support the hospice - as visitors and the volunteers on the day.

She said: “When I first came in the morning, there were black clouds. People still came then, even though the weather wasn’t cracking. I was amazed by the support. But the fact the sun came out was amazing.”

The event coincided with the Hospice’s bike challenge, which saw about 300 cyclists set off and return to the hospice, via a 23-mile route through Norland, Barkisland and Sowerby Bridge.

Organisers hope to have raised about £16,000 from the whole day.

The garden party was sponsored by Sowerby Bridge-based Digital Consortium.