Sportsman’s dinner raises staggering £30k for Overgate

Overgate's Jo Sygrove, Richard Horner, Neil Davidson and Shirley Justice.
Overgate's Jo Sygrove, Richard Horner, Neil Davidson and Shirley Justice.
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It was better late than never for a sportsman’s dinner which raised more than £30,000 for Overgate Hospice, Elland.

In Jauary the dinner was cancelled due to adverse weather and rearranged for March but again had to be cancelled due to heavy snow.

Gary Dunn, Andrew Denford, Simon Heaton, Glen Pearson, Craig Carter and Matt Carroll.

Gary Dunn, Andrew Denford, Simon Heaton, Glen Pearson, Craig Carter and Matt Carroll.

It finally went ahead at Bowers Mill, Barkisland, last Friday - in unremitting heat.

A fantastic turnout from the Calderdale business community resulted in an attendance of 370.

Guest speaker was six times world snooker champion Steve Davis, the comedian was Tony Jo and compere Malcolm Lord

Organiser Neil Davidson - who was made a Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire for services to the community of Calderdale - said he was thrilled with the success of the evening and the support from all who attended.

Since the first dinner six years ago nearly £100,000 has been raised for Overgate.

An auction boosted the fundraising and Steve Davis brought a signed cue by top stars which fetched £500.

A Zambia holiday went for over £7,000 and there was plenty of sporting memorabilia provided by Sky Sports which pulled would-be guest speaker Matt Le Tissier from a previous dinner.

Jo Sygrove, of the hospice fundraising team, said the dinner was an amazing success despite it being an extremely warm evening and to raise a record amount in such circumstances was tremendous.

“The dinner grows more successful ever year and so does the support,” she said.