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9 Apr 2018 Community

In Remembrance of a Fundraising Pioneer

15-year old schoolgirl and budding fundraiser, Georgia, reaches the peaks of Mount Snowdon to raise essential funds in memory of beloved Great Aunt and Kirkwood Hospice pioneer, Dorothy Hayton.

Back in the summer of 2017, in memory of her great Aunt Dorothy and to raise vital funds for Kirkwood Hospice, 15-year-old Georgia decided to scale the 3,560 ft slopes of Mount Snowdon in Wales.

Marking what would have been the year of Dorothy’s 90th Birthday, Georgia was sponsored by schoolmates, backed by the support of the Hospice and accompanied by friends and family for parts of the climb.

Kirkwood's Community Fundraiser, Nicola Barber, with Georgia and Dorothy's Scrapbook


In an event to make her Aunt proud, the dedicated teen recently presented a cheque for £550 to Kirkwood Hospice Community Fundraiser, Nicola Barber, as the result of her efforts.

It was a fitting tribute to Dorothy Hayton, Secretary and Treasurer of the Dalton Support Group; one of Kirkwood Hospice’s founding funding groups in the early 1980s.

A true pioneer in every sense of the word, Dorothy was part of the movement to bid for a Hospice in Kirklees and went on to organise countless profitable fundraising events for Kirkwood Hospice over a 32 year period.

Keeping the fundraising tradition in the family, Georgia as a youngster often assisted her Great Aunt at numerous events and has been well aware of the importance of Kirkwood’s work in the community and its need for continual funding from an early age.

As a charity, Kirkwood Hospice relies almost entirely on the support and fundraising of the community and its Support Groups have been a constant and reliable contributor towards the cause since the early 1980s, before the Hospice even first opened its doors to the public.

Today, they remain as active as ever, raising essential funds for the care of patients with life-limiting conditions within Kirklees.

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