Appeal raises £23k for Pontefract hospice

The Prince of Wales Hospice in Pontefract. Chief executive David Stewart.(P542U339)

The Prince of Wales Hospice in Pontefract. Chief executive David Stewart.(P542U339)

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Residents across the district helped raise more than £23,000 for Pontefract’s Prince of Wales Hospice by supporting the care centre’s Light up a Life appeal.

The campaign - run in partnership with the Express - offers relatives the chance to remember loved ones while supporting patients at the hospice.

Lists of names of those remembered have been printed in the Express and in books of remembrance at Pontefract and Airedale libraries.

Hospice staff and volunteers also held special remembrance services across the area to raise money.

David Stewart, hospice chief executive, said: “The Light up a Life services reminded us all how much the hospice is a part of our local communities.

“They were moving tributes to the patients and their loved ones whom we have served over the years.”

ITV newsreader Christine Talbot gave a special reading at the service at the hospice earlier this month.

Amanda Jubb, hospice fundraiser, said “The services held across the Five Towns area were really well attended and it was fantastic that we could all come together for the same reason, to remember our loved ones no longer with us.

“We hope our services gave people the chance to have something to remind them of their loved ones and the memories they shared.

“We can’t thank everyone enough for the support they have shown, every single penny they have donated will make a real difference to our patients and their families.”

Although names will no longer be printed in the Express, people can still dedicate a light by visiting www.pwh.org.uk/light-up-a-life or call the hospice on 01977 708868.

The Halfpenny Lane hospice costs more than £2.2m per year to run and relies on charitable donations for most of this.