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6 Dec 2018 Community

Caribbean Community club together to raise essential funds for Kirkwood Hospice

The Antilles Social Club based on Trinity Street, Huddersfield, held a Family Fun Day back in September to raise £1,244 for Kirkwood, the Hospice for Kirklees.

Huddersfield’s Antilles Club is a West Indian social community and education group founded in 1957. The club are well-known for hosting fundraising events in the community throughout the year, and this autumn it was Kirkwood’s turn to be the beneficiary.

The club off Trinity Street was rammed to the rafters on Saturday 29th September as friends, family and members of the club turned up to enjoy the event, and help boost the coffers for Kirkwood Hospice.

The Antilles Social Club proud to present a cheque for £1,244


From marquee stalls boasting cakes and delicious homemade BBQ food, to raffles, games for the kids, bouncy castles and a dancehall to finish off the night, the event was a fun day for the whole family to enjoy.

The total from the day reached a staggering £1,244, which could fund two overnight stays on Kirkwood’s In-Patient Unit, or five patient home visits by a member of the Kirkwood Community Nursing team.

The club chose to raise money for Kirkwood Hospice after the desire to support a local cause, and give back to the community. Speaking at a recent cheque presentation with Kirkwood Community Fundraiser, Nicola Barber, the Club Committee said:

“As a club, we want to support good local causes like Kirkwood. We all know someone who has been at the Hospice, or benefitted from Kirkwood’s services. If it is not your family, somebody will know somebody who has been touched by Kirkwood.

“Kirkwood is not just a place where you go to die, it is support for the whole family. We know that the Hospice couldn’t keep going without the support of the community, so this really is a local, community cause. We are a community. We are all one, and we are all friends of the Hospice.”

Emma Alcide, who has been a committee member since the very beginning, said: “I was very proud of all the members that came together to do a fantastic job for Kirkwood Hospice. I am so grateful for what we have been able to achieve. Everybody came together and joined in, and that hasn’t happened for years.”

The club would like to make special thanks to all those who offered their support through donating raffle prizes and volunteering their time on the day.

Thanks go to: Ebony & Ivory, Home Bargains, B & J Butchers, Hampsons Garden Centre in Wakefield, Gail’s Travel Shop, Primo Italian, Dortech Architectural , Generation Domino Team, ‘The Who’ Domino Team and DJs Michael, Million Sounds, DJ Gus and DJ Lukie.

Thanks also go to: Janet Thompson, Melva Gayle, Marjorie Akins, Perkins, Moll Lewis, Judith Moroney, Jackie Smith, Sophie Sykes, Emma’s friend, Natasha Crowe, Leea Ellis, Margaret Corian, Barbara Bent–Campbell, Dolly and Atay.

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