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27 Jan 2018 Volunteer News

An Ambassador for Fun-draising

Kirklees Ladies’ Night organised by Kirkwood Hospice Ambassadors raises £4,000 towards Patient Care

Back in December, Kirkwood Hospice Ambassador, Helen Woodhead, along with fellow committee members Carol Martin and Pam Longstaff, organised their very first ‘Ladies Night’ fundraiser for Kirkwood, the Dalton-based Hospice.

Dressed in all its finery in a pink and silver theme, 315 in Lepton was the venue for the event which attracted over ninety guests and raised an impressive £4,015 towards the vital work of the Hospice.

The evening started with a welcome drink, followed by a delicious two-course meal and tea and coffee served by 315’s locally-renowned and award winning kitchens.

Throughout the evening, guests were invited to partake in various games and activities, contributing £1,000 towards the evening’s grand total, which, along with ticket money and cash raised through corporate funding, totalled a huge £4,015.

Local businesses also found themselves in on the action by having their own market stalls present at the event, giving guests the opportunity to browse trinkets and purchase local goods all while raising funds for the Hospice.

" As an Ambassador, it’s all about using people’s skills and abilities to make a difference." Helen Woodhead

The generosity of the Kirklees community shone through as local companies and noble people dug deep to donate in the region of 40 spectacular raffle prizes including an overnight stay and breakfast at 315, a midweek family stay in Filey and a ladies’ makeover and photo shoot.

As well as providing goody bags for guests, G27 Hair & Beauty Lounge, Emley sourced the entertainment and music for the night, as well as providing hair and beauty services.

As a Kirkwood Ambassador, Helen is an extremely committed supporter dedicated to the cause of the Hospice.

Already with plans in the pipelines for her next Ladies’ Night for 2018, Helen said: “We wanted a special night for ladies, where they would have a good time and raise money for the Hospice in the process.

“The night was excellent. Everybody was just fantastic and really enjoyed themselves. It was such a success that people were even using it as their Christmas Do for work!

“We’ve all had involvement with Kirkwood Hospice at various times in the past and it is a very dear place to us all. As an Ambassador, it’s all about using people’s skills and abilities to make a difference.”

Kirkwood Hospice Community Fundraiser, Lyndsey Richardson, said: “Helen is, and has been, a massive supporter for a number of years. Helen, Carol and Pam are passionate about the Hospice and this is their way to give back and do good for local people.”

 

So what is a Kirkwood Hospice Ambassador?

Vital members of our team, Kirkwood Hospice Ambassadors are passionate and determined volunteers who are committed to making a difference and acting as Hospice representatives in the Kirklees community.

Spreading the word of the Hospice is one of the most powerful things we can do to raise awareness and extend our reach. There are a number of common misconceptions about what the Hospice is and what we do and that’s why we need Ambassadors who are passionate about the cause and have a desire to make a real difference for people within our community living with life limiting illnesses.

Whether giving presentations to members of the public or attending supporter and community events, Ambassadors work closely alongside Fundraising and Clinical teams to spread the word of the wonderful work of the Hospice and to promote our values and ethos throughout Kirklees.

For further details about becoming an Ambassador for Kirkwood Hospice, please contact the Fundraising Team on: 01484 557911 or the Volunteer Services Team on: 01484 557900

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