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18 Jul 2018 Community

Family ‘gives back’ at inspirational Fundraising Ball

Huddersfield couple, Kath and Mark Trueman, have raised a staggering £3,917 at a recent Fundraising Ball for Kirkwood Hospice. The couple decided to ‘give something back’ after the care Kath has received from Kirkwood’s Support & Therapy Team throughout her diagnosis.

Kath visits Kirkwood’s Support and Therapy Centre for regular support, activities and advice along with her husband, Mark.

Organising an event back in May for Kirkwood Hospice, Kath decided to give something back.

Guests enjoy a Ball with a difference


Held at Greenhead’s Masonic Hall, the black-tie Fundraising Ball saw over 120 friends, family and colleagues come together to support the Hospice.

On the night, guests were treated to a four course dinner, live music from Huddersfield’s own ‘Vital Signs’ as well as an impressive raffle of prizes donated by local businesses. Friend, Graham Holgate, also helped pull the evening together by acting as compère on the night.

In an emotional yet necessary addition to the evening, Kirkwood supporter Jude Sellmeyer attended to talk about her experience of the Hospice, and her son, Jody, who sadly died of Motor Neurone Disease aged just 38.

Kath and Mark Trueman with Kirkwood's Complementary Therapist, Angela Lloyd-Martin


Funds were also raised through loyal friends, Mick and Jackie Dyson, who donated £1,000 towards the grand total from previous events held since March this year.

With the whole family supporting Kirkwood over the years, Kath and Mark’s sons, Liam and Callum, have even taken on volunteer placements and their own fundraising for the Hospice.

Taking on the Hackney Half Marathon back in May, son Liam boosted the fundraising total by raising an additional £500 in sponsorship.


Presenting the funds to Community Fundraiser, Nicola Barber, back in June, Kath talked about why raising money for Kirkwood Hospice was so important.

She said: “When I was first diagnosed back in January, I decided I wanted to do some fundraising for MacMillan Cancer Support. We put on an event with work and raised quite a lot of money.

“But I soon realised that I was coming to Kirkwood Hospice, and the money I’d raised for MacMillan wasn’t coming back here for the things that Mark and I were benefitting from, and I think that’s an important message to get out.

“We come to Kirkwood for Carer’s support, Tai Chi sessions, clay modelling as Art Therapy and even Reflexology, so I knew I wanted to do something to give back to the Hospice.

"Kirkwood has touched the lives of so many people in such a positive way." Mark Trueman

“We set a date for the event and it’s amazing how much support we received. Both from local businesses, and also friends, family and colleagues, everybody has wanted to support with attending or making a donation.

Mark added: “It’s amazing how many people wanted to support the event. If people couldn’t make it on the night, they still bought a ticket because they knew it was for Kirkwood Hospice, and Kirkwood has touched the lives of so many people in such a positive way.”

Kath’s brother, Stephen Butler, has also been busy raising funds for Kirkwood Hospice. To hear his story, click here.

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