Sportsmen help cash roll, with some celebrity help

Manu Tuliagi with Shirley Justice at the Overgate Hospice Sportsmen's Dinner.
Manu Tuliagi with Shirley Justice at the Overgate Hospice Sportsmen's Dinner.
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MORE THAN £20,000 has been raised for Overgate Hospice - and guests got the chance to meet a well-known England Rugby Union star.

The annual Sportsmen’s Dinner took place at The Venue, Bowers Mill, Barkisland.

Sportsmen's dinner and charity night for Overgate Hospice at Bowers Mill, Barkisland'Pictured are Dave Berry, Michelle Taylor - Overgate, Dr Kevin Jones - speaker, Josh Daniels - comedian, Caroline Bone - Overgate and Neil Davidson from Marshalls

Sportsmen's dinner and charity night for Overgate Hospice at Bowers Mill, Barkisland'Pictured are Dave Berry, Michelle Taylor - Overgate, Dr Kevin Jones - speaker, Josh Daniels - comedian, Caroline Bone - Overgate and Neil Davidson from Marshalls

Sponsored by DD Porter Construction Ltd, Wilby Insurance, Reactiv Media and ADD Express there were more 340 guests mingling and bidding for auction lots including a signed montages by George Best, Wayne Rooney and Rory McIlroy.

Rugby star Manu Tuilagi and brother Freddie, a former Halifax Rugby League star, went along. Organiser Neil Davidson said: “It was a fantastic night raising a tremendous amount of money for a fantastic cause with support coming from a lot of local Calderdale businesses.

“The staff at The Venue were brilliant, making sure it was a night to remember.”

It is thought £23,000 was raised at the night and staff from Overgate Hospice, based on Hullen Edge Road, Elland were at the event to thank the guests for their contributions first-hand.

The compere was Malcolm Lord, speaker Dr Kevin Jones and plenty of laughs were raised by comedian Josh Daniels.