Fundraising Group

for Wakefield Hospice



A herd of elephants arrives for us to sell on our Scarecrow Festival stall

Our appeal for soft toys in the latest Sandal Community Association newsletter brought us a stampede of no fewer than 22 elephants, thanks to one kind donor. They are pictured here with Margaret Smith, chair of our fundraising group. These and other toys will go on sale at our stall at Sandal Scarecrow Festival in September. If you can help us with quality toys of any sort, please drop them off at 81 Mountbatten Avenue, Sandal.

Mince pies at Christmas coffee morning fundraiser

OUR Christmas coffee morning at Sandal Rugby Club went well. It was great fun and raised another £694 for the hospice.

Another £890 raised to help run the hospice

OUR THANKS to all those who joined us today for our September coffee morning, held this year at the New Inn, Walton. We were especially delighted to welcome Wakefield Hospice chief executive officer Tina Turner (pictured buying raffle tickets from Kathryn Newton). The event raised £580. The previous weekend we also ran our usual toy stall at the highly successful Sandal Scarecrow Festival where our funds were boosted by a £250 donation by Wakefield Rotary Club, presented by Dr Neale Clark. This meant that within the space of five days we had raised £890.

We serve more than 100 cream teas!

OUR afternoon cream tea in July raised nearly £800 for the hospice. The event, held at Sandal Rugby Club, was described by group chair Margaret Smith as a 'great effort' and she paid tribute to the team that made it possible.

She added: "It was a lovely afternoon with a super atmosphere and we were so pleased to see young people supporting us. Indeed, our thanks to everyone who came along. We sold well over a hundred cream teas and then we had to raid the cake stall!" People were able to browse the stalls, join in the raffle and tombola, chat with friends and generally have fun!

'Brilliant effort' raises another £590

THE CROWDS  turned out in February for the fundraising group's annual coffee morning in memory of Joyce Swann, one of the nurses who founded Wakefield Hospice. The event made £590. "A brilliant effort from everyone," said our chair, Margaret Smith. We were delighted to see three generations of her family (pictured left) enjoying the morning with us in the hall at Sandal Methodist Church. Supporters also included Rosemary Evans, daughter of Barbara Wain, another of the hospice's founders.

Skydiving teddy hands over £400

SCAMP, the SCA's skydiving teddy bear handed over £400 to a very grateful Margaret Smith, chair of the fundraising group.

His skydive in the Teddy Bear Parachute Jump, organised by Wakefield Rotary, raised more than £700 in sponsorship, to be divided equally between Wakefield Hospice and the Forget Me Not Children's Hospice. The SCA raised this to £400 each and Scamp presented the cheque to Margaret, helped by SCA chairman Les Goddard.

The handover of the cheque to the children's hospice took place at a meeting of the Rotary club in November.

Vistors enjoy our October afternoon tea to the tune of nearly £730!



For more pictures from the event at Sandal Rugby Club click HERE


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