Huge cash boost for charities


Business representatives across Kirklees and Calderdale have handed over £22,000 to two young people’s charities following a phenomenal fundraising lunch and auction.

Hundreds of people in the area’s business community came together at the annual Kirklees and Calderdale Charity Lunch (KACCL) to enjoy an afternoon of entertainment, fundraising and a three-course meal.

The money raised during the fundraiser has been split equally between two charities, with £11,000 being donated to Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice and £11,000 going to Orange Box, a young people’s centre in Halifax.

Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice supports children and families with life-shortening conditions across Kirklees, Calderdale, Wakefield and Manchester. The Orange Box centre offers a range of facilities for young people such as rehearsal rooms, performance space and a recording studio alongside counselling and support services.

The funds from KACCL will be used to support the work that takes place at the centre, including The Orange Box Choir in Association with Square Chapel, Orange Box Rock School music workshops, and Routes Youth Music Festival, which provides a platform for young musicians to showcase their talent on an open stage.

Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice will use the funds to help with their continued services which benefit families across West Yorkshire and East Lancashire.

Tickets for this year’s KACCL have almost sold out already. It will take place on December 6, at the Cedar Court Hotel in Huddersfield, and will follow the same format as last year with a champagne reception, a three-course meal and entertainment.