AN avid fundraiser says he is “overwhelmed” by the generosity of Ackworth residents after they helped him raise hundreds of pounds for a hospice.
Darren Darley – who regularly runs marathons to raise money for charity – collected £700 from selling more than a thousand raffle tickets in aid of Wakefield Hospice.
The 31-year-old decided to help the cause after his relative, John Sangster, lost his battle with cancer at the hospice last month.
Mr Darley, of Heaton Street, said: “Everyone is very emotional about John’s death – he was a very good man and I wanted to do something in memory of him, so we did a collection in the Boot and Shoe pub in Ackworth where John was a regular, and we just gained momentum.
“The support was overwhelming. The whole village has been very generous, people were throwing £10 notes in the bucket and people still want to donate.”
Mr Darley – who is also running the South Yorkshire half marathon to raise money for the hospice – said his employer, HSBC, donated £500, taking the total raised for the hospice to £1,200. He added that all the raffle prizes had now been claimed.