Cash for hospice

Fundraiser Darren Darley has raised �1200 for Wakefield Hospice 'Pictured L/R: Landlord Les Thompson, Janet Sangster and Darren Darley

Fundraiser Darren Darley has raised �1200 for Wakefield Hospice 'Pictured L/R: Landlord Les Thompson, Janet Sangster and Darren Darley

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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.