Morley Observer Column

Across our area people are facing tough and uncertain times and so it’s not surprising that the amount of money people give to charity has dropped. However, the Wakefield Hospice shop in Queen Street has been well supported by Morleians over the 8 years it has been open.

Given how important fundraising is for charities, over the past few years I’ve met many people who have done some pretty crazy things to raise money.

Whether it’s nerve-wracking – litke jumping out of an aeroplane, or just weird – like sitting in a bath of baked beans or shaving half your hair, I’ve always watched these people, and wondered what on earth made them do it. But that was before I met Terry Rigg and realised that it was a who not a what that made them do it.

I recently visited Wakefield Hospice to congratulate Terry, who is about to retire as the hospice’s community fundraiser, on his achievements over the years.

His hard work has really helped boost the service the centre provides for people at a very difficult time. I was so impressed with Terry’s great work that, before I knew it, I’d agreed to take part in the abseil down Wakefield cathedral on Saturday 18th June, alongside several members of staff, including the chaplain. I’m really looking forward to my own crazy fundraiser, I’m just glad i’m doing it with a chaplain.

The Hospice’s fundraising efforts are particularly important right now. The only local NHS Trust which helps to part-fund the care offered to patients across our area is Wakefield NHS Trust. But the hospice has always provided services for patients and families right across our area and the rest of West Yorkshire. Now the board faces the tough decision that unless the NHS Trust covering Leeds agrees to help with funding they can no longer afford to provide a service for patients from Leeds – meaning even those who live just around the corner in Lofthouse or East Ardsley and here in Morley will not be eligible.

I’ve written to the Chief Executive of Leeds NHS Trust raising my concerns. I think it’s only right that all patients – regardless of postcode – should be able to access the best care available.

The Wakefield Hospice team in Morley are always looking for new volunteers to help out in the store – as well as good quality stock. If you can help you can give them a call on 0113 307 5369.

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Posted June 6th, 2011 by Ed's team