We need your support to ensure that our expert team are here to care for people in your local community who are facing the end of their lives, helping them maintain their independence and dignity until the very end.
Because you care, we can.
Just after I retired 21 years ago, I was invited to join the Board of Trustees at Overgate. Dr Brian Quinn, one of the cofounders of the Hospice, had been a great friend of mine and his love of Overgate was my main reason for saying yes. His enthusiasm was infectious! I met with the fundraising team and the first thing we did was set up the lottery. I must have toured the entirety of Calderdale to promote it!
My sister Rita, who worked with Dr Quinn as a Senior Nurse, was cared for at the Hospice, as were my brother-in-law and many friends over the years. The care and experience that the patients receive is of the highest importance to everyone on the team. In my time as a Trustee I would quite often sit and talk to patients and I learned so much about what mattered to them.
Every conversation I had was a real privilege and also helped me to support the Hospice as best I could. Knowing how important the gardens are to patients and their families I instigated a project to get new outdoor furniture and make the grounds as pleasant as possible. I also continued to support fundraising activities, helping with projects like redecorating the Brighouse shop on Bethel Street.
I am no longer a Trustee but I am proud of the small part I have played in the history of Overgate, and still pass their lottery leaflets on to anyone that will take one!