‘Thank you doesn’t seem enough’ - an extra £150,000 for Overgate

This year - in their 30th year - you have dug deep and helped find an extra £150,000 to help keep the doors of Overgate Hospice open.

The hospice, on Hullen Edge Road, Elland, cares for people with life-limiting illness.

And their motto. “Because you care, we can” has rung true this year with an extra £150,000 being raised at their 30th anniversary events.

As well as their annual events and the tireless work of volunteers in the charity shops and friends groups as well as people taking part in challenges big and small, special anniversary events have added to the total.

Neil Hurst and Billy Pearce hosted a “Big Night Out” at the Victoria Theatre, raising more than £10,000. The first 10k run was held in Copley and more than 200 corporate sponsors signed up.

Their Midnight Walk saw people trek through the streets of Calderdale for 13 miles and for the fourth time a rainbow of ribbons decorated trees in the garden in memory of people lost.

Laura Golding, Appeals Manager: “What a fantastic 30th anniversary year it has been, the support from the Calderdale community and business has been astonishing, from people shaving their heads to sailing around the UK.

“Every year the team at the Hospice are overwhelmed by the support we receive, the fact that 30 years on Overgate’s still providing care to patients and their families when they need it most is wonderful we couldn’t do it without the generosity of our local community.”

She said it will be just as important to continue to dig deep next year.

“Looking to 2012 we have a challenging year on our hands as we do each year to raise the £1.9 million needed but thanks to the community we know we can do it,” said Laura.

“Thank you seems such a small thing to say when the achievement is so high but from all the staff and patients here at the Hospice, thank you.”

The hospice opened in 1981 and is the only specialist care unit in Calderdale for people in their last days.