Community Spirit Awards 2015: Alan helps causes close to our hearts

Halifax Courier Community Spirit Awards 2015 at Berties, Elland. Investment in The Comunity Award. From the left, host Clare Frisby, winner Alan Stockdill and sponsor Oliver Howarth from First Bus.
Halifax Courier Community Spirit Awards 2015 at Berties, Elland. Investment in The Comunity Award. From the left, host Clare Frisby, winner Alan Stockdill and sponsor Oliver Howarth from First Bus.

Investment in the

community - sponsored by first bus

This award commends all-round players who make a real difference to their community. As a donor, volunteer, or mentor, their giving will have had an impact on the effectiveness of a charitable cause or issue.

Alan Stockdill, of Talking Stock Productions, has used his expertise in the arts to make a difference to his community and raise awareness of issues including cancer and dementia.

Alan penned the play ‘The Last Memory’, which explored the positive, hopeful moments of dementia.

The play, performed at the Viaduct Theatre, Dean Clough, raised more than £1,200 for the Calderdale branch of the Alzheimer’s Society. The money was used at a local level to buy instruments, folders and song sheets to run Singing for the Brain sessions at Square Chapel, Halifax, and other venues.

Since then, Talking Stock plays have raised thousands of pounds for charities close to home, including £2,000 for Overgate Hospice and more than £500 for the local Macmillan Cancer Support branch, with Alan’s plays ‘Godfrey’s Last Stand’ and ‘Give a Little Love’.

And last year, Alan was inspired to write his first full length play when a D-Day veteran travelled by himself to Normandy. His play, ‘Le Grand Return’, has raised more than £1,000 for veterans across Calderdale.

Alan said: “I feel honoured, it’s not the award, it’s the recognition for work people have put in. We work really hard.”

Also nominated was Rastrick Big Local.