Raising a laugh...and loads of lolly... at the Overgate garden party

Con Cluskey with mayor Nader Fekri at the Overgate Hospice Garden Party 2011, sent in by reader Dave Brown
Con Cluskey with mayor Nader Fekri at the Overgate Hospice Garden Party 2011, sent in by reader Dave Brown

THE rain stayed away for at least part of the Overgate Hospice Garden Party.

The gathering, which raises funds for the Elland hospice, was compered by comic Neil Hurst with a special guest appearance from comedian Jimmy Cricket and Waterloo Road actor Tom Milner.

Stalls were set up in the gardens of the hospice on Sunday offering real ales, cakes, crafts, jewellery and more.

Community fundraiser Caroline Bone said: “It is primarily a fund-raising drive but we are also encouraging the public to come and see the grounds.

“If they haven’t had experience of the hospice they often don’t appreciate the atmosphere here and how beautiful the surroundings are.

“Last year we raised about £11,000.

“That’s big shoes to fill this year but we hope we can do it.”

Fund-raiser Dale Deacon, who will sailing round the British Isles raising money for Overgate, was at the garden party in his sailor’s rig, letting people throw wet sponges at him for the good cause.

TJ Walsh ran a free bus service from Halifax town centre to the hospice and the event was organised in partnership with Elland Round Table, Elland Ladies Circle and The Pennine Way Branch of the Foresters.