Local community donates £500 to local charity

By MO BHANA

Batley based IMWS has made a donation of £500 to a local charity that provides care
for the terminally ill.

Kirkwood hospice, based in Kirklees, is celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. It was set up after David Stocks read a review about _Going Gently_, a play about two men who are dying of cancer in a drab hospital, afraid and alone.

Mr Stocks was so moved by the play, he penned a letter to the Huddersfield Examiner saying there is a need for a hospice in
Huddersfield, and asking if anyone would be interested in setting one up.

As it turned out, people were interested; £10,000 was raised within three months.

Kirkwood provides specialist care to patients who suffer from life limiting illnesses, and their carers free of charge, such as symptom management and psychological support.

The Chair of IMWS, Saied Laher, presented the cheque to CEO of Kirkwood Hospice, Michael Crowther, at a celebration event held at the University of Huddersfield.

Saied Laher said, “Donations and gifts represent a significant proportion of Kirkwood Hospice income, which helps the hospice to continue to provide specialist palliative care for the terminally ill in Kirklees.

“I think it is important to support local charities and I feel that it is important for IMWS to work with Kirkwood Hospice. We have agreed to raise awareness of the range of care they provide which is open to all the residents of Kirklees”

Michael Crowther, Chief Executive at Kirkwood Hospice, said: “We were absolutely delighted and humbled to receive a donation from the Indian Muslim Welfare Society during the period of Ramadan.

“Kirkwood is celebrating 30 years of care in Kirklees this year and we are aiming to reach more of our community than ever before. The generosity and support of local groups such as the Indian Muslim Welfare Society is vital in helping us to reach those who may need our support but don’t yet know how we can help.

“This donation will make a real difference at Kirkwood, helping us to continue providing the very best care for people with life-limiting illnesses, as well as support for their carers, families and loved ones.”

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