Release Date: 07-Mar-2013
KNH staff have raised more than £3700 for the Forget Me Not Chidren’s Hospice in Huddersfield.
KNH's Simon Rogers and Karen Batty with Sam Wood from the Forget Me Not children's hospice
The Batley & Spen caretaking team with their competition-winning idea
The hospice, which provides vital support to children with a life limiting or life threatening condition, and their families, across Kirklees, Calderdale and Wakefield, was the housing company’s corporate charity for 2012-13.
Fundraising activities included a Global Groove dance event held at John Smiths Stadium in September, which raised over £1300. Individual KNH team raised a further £1100 by taking part in a competition to see who could make the most from a £10 starter fund. The winners were the Batley and Spen caretaking team who raised £272 by making festive Christmas decorations from off-cuts of wood.
Other events included dress down days, bake sales, raffles, a Smartie tube challenge, and a zumbathon. And once again, hungry staff and visitors to a ‘tuck shop’ at KNH’s head office made a substantial contribution, with £850 worth of the profits from sweets and crisps being donated to the hospice fund.
Samantha Wood is the senior community fundraiser for the hospice. She said “We would like to thank the staff at KNH for their generous donation to the hospice – it’s been a pleasure to work with them throughout the year.
“As an independent charity we rely solely on groups, individuals and organisations such as KNH to help us raise the money we need to run our services and provide respite to children and their families across Kirklees, Calderdale and Wakefield.”
KNH Chief Executive Simon Rogers, said: “Our staff have done a great job of supporting our chosen charity during the year, donating their time, effort and money to help make a difference.
“The hospice is of vital importance to families in this region, so I’m very proud that we can support the life-enchancing work they do every day.”
• In 2013-14, KNH staff will be supporting two local charities: the Oliver Field Appeal, which was set up by a colleague to fund life saving treatment for her two year old son who has Neuroblastoma; and the Welcome Centre, which provides practical support for people in crisis.