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30 Sep 2019 Community

Richard Gawthorpe – 25 years of supporting Kirkwood’s Personalised Cards scheme

For 25 years, dedicated supporter Richard Gawthorpe has created two designs for Kirkwood’s Personalised Card campaign to raise vital funds for patient care. 2018 was no exception as the campaign raised an amazing £5,442 for Kirkwood.

Richard Gawthorpe has been a dedicated supporter of Kirkwood for the last 25 years. Every year he has created two bespoke designs to be featured on the Kirkwood Personalised Christmas cards.

Our Personalised Cards campaign is the perfect way to send a personal message to loved ones and support Kirkwood at the same time.

Richard proudly holding his two designs for 2019


St Mary’s Church Fields, Mirfield


David Browns 1953 Retired Selector Tractor, Holme Moss


Richard has painted in his spare time all his life, after being refused a place at Art College due to being registered colour blind.

The former PE teacher is a watercolour artist and over the years, both his artwork and support have raised over £300,000 for Kirkwood.

Richard also regularly supports Kirkwood events by framing his art and donating it to be sold at grand auctions to boost funds for patient care.

The campaign raised an amazing £5,442 in 2018


He is set to visit Kirkwood’s Christmas Fair on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th November at the University of Huddersfield, signing and selling his Christmas cards.

Designs for this year’s Personalised Cards are already finalised and Richard recently paid a visit to the Hospice to present the two pieces to Fundraising Assistant and campaign organiser, Laura Gibbins.

When discussing his generous support over the years, Richard said: “After 25 years of painting scenes for the Hospice Christmas cards, I still find it a great privilege and honour each year to produce work for this amazing place.

“Over the years I have always found my dealings with the staff delightful and positive. In this technological age I find it incredible that hand painted traditional cards can still bring in revenue.”

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