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18 Sep 2017 Community

Local MP raises a Glass to Kirkwood Hospice

Local Labour MP for Batley & Spen, Tracy Brabin, supports Kirkwood Hospice in the month of September with Tea Party event

On the morning of Saturday 16th September, the Hospice site in Dalton was full to capacity as all areas of the community came together to celebrate to Hospice’s special Anniversary year.

After selecting Kirkwood Hospice as her chosen Charity for the month of September, Tracy Brabin, MP for Batley & Spen, decided to host a commemorative and celebratory Tea Party event at the Hospice to mark 30 years of outstanding care in Kirklees.

MP Tracy Brabin with Kirkwood Hospice Chief Executive, Michael Crowther.

 

Aiming to raise vital funds as well as awareness of the invaluable work carried out by the Hospice, the Birthday Party saw staff, volunteers, service-users, friends of the Hospice and Deputy Mayor of Kirklees, Gwen Lowe, join together to enjoy a morning of raffles, tea, cake and  even home-made samosas.

An avid Kirkwood supporter in the past and previous participant of the Hospice’s Colour Rush event, Tracy is keen to continue her support this month.

Tracy Brabin celebrates Hospice’s 30th Birthday with Kirkwood Trustee, John Spain, Chief Executive, Michael Crowther and Fundraising Manager, Beverley Shaw.

 

Tracy said: “Every month I have a Charity of the Month which I raise a minimum of £50 for and any more goes straight to the Charity. This month we’ve got a number of ‘I Heart Batley and Spen’ tote bags on sale for £5 each, with all profits going towards the Hospice.

“I’d been on a couple of visits to Kirkwood and I thought that actually, the people of Batley and Spen don’t know about the Hospice. I wanted to raise awareness for the people that I care about, so that they know you’re here, and they can be cared for.

“Kirkwood Hospice is absolutely like a private facility or a private hotel. Looking at the quality of the food, the gardens, the friendliness and the care, which is completely free and beautifully handled in an amazing facility, I just wanted to celebrate that and celebrate Kirkwood.

“There’s a lot of joy in a place where you’d maybe think there’d be a lot of sadness. Life may be hard when you come here but it’s an opportunity to re-think and live more positively, not just for people with illnesses, but for people with on-going conditions and their carers.”

“I hope that this is the beginning of a really deep relationship with the organisation because you all do amazing work and it’s such a privilege to know you.”

"Life may be hard when you come here but it’s an opportunity to re-think and live more positively, not just for people with illnesses, but for people with on-going conditions and their carers." Tracy Brabin

Delighted at the turn-out on the day, Kirkwood Hospice Chief Executive, Michael Crowther, said:

“It has always been, and it continues to be, a real community effort to keep the services at the Hospice going, providing care and support to patients and their families in Kirklees.

“All of us at the Hospice are extremely grateful and wish to extend our thanks to Tracy, for choosing to support Kirkwood and bringing us all together in our 30th year.”

To support Kirkwood in its 30th year and to purchase an exclusive ‘I heart Batley & Spen’ tote bag, please email Tracy’s office at: tracy.brabin.mp@parliament.uk

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