Station raises £8k for hospice

Pontefract bus station manager Liam Needham presents money raised to Becky Thorpe from the Prince of Wales Hospice helped by Yvovve Callaghan and Rob Longfield. (p611a251)
Pontefract bus station manager Liam Needham presents money raised to Becky Thorpe from the Prince of Wales Hospice helped by Yvovve Callaghan and Rob Longfield. (p611a251)

A TUNEFUL collection of musicians, choristers and commuters raised more than £8,000 for the Prince of Wales Hospice by kicking off the festive season with a Christmas concert in Pontefract bus station.

Hundreds of residents were treated to a variety of performances from local talent – including school choirs, live bands and even a bagpipe player – during the festive fun day earlier this month.

Mr Needham, bus station manager who organised the event, said: “I am completely overwhelmed by the generosity shown by everyone to raise this fantastic amount.

“So many people contributed their time, effort, money and raffle prizes, it would be difficult to name in case I missed anyone out. So I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved from the bottom of my heart.

“It was a great day and everyone had a brilliant time and I hope events like this will continue to strengthen the close working relationships with our customers and local communities, and continue to build bonds and friendships.”

School pupils from Inglebrook School, Halfpenny Lane Primary and St Giles’ C of E J&I School performed for crowds who were also treated to Christmas carols from Pontefract and Knottingley neighbourhood policing team officers, Castleford Male Voice Choir and the Salvation Army brass band during the festive event on December 5.

Becky Thorpe, community fundraiser said: “It was an amazing day and a fantastic effort on our behalf and we couldn’t be happier.”