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.
Overgate Hospice has been a big part of my life from being a young child. My Auntie Tracey started working at the Hospice in 2009 running their charity shops and from the very start she roped in the whole family to help!
I spent a lot of time with my Grandma and Grandad as a child and this didn’t stop when they started volunteering at the Overgate Furniture Shop in Brighouse. When it first opened my Grandad was a volunteer who went out collecting furniture donations from people’s homes and me and my Grandma would volunteer at the shop, serving the customers.
In 2011, my Grandad was diagnosed with a brain tumour and as his health deteriorated, he was admitted to the Hospice for end of life care. I remember visiting him and speaking to the lovely staff who worked there. After losing my Grandad, the whole family continued to support the Hospice. As I got older, I got involved with the annual Fashion Shows that the retail team hold. I started modelling some of the children’s clothes that had been donated to the shops but as I got a bit older I started to help behind the scenes at the event.
As a family we have also helped at many of the other events. This year I have also started volunteering at the new Donation Centre in Elland. I spend most of my time volunteering on the van, helping with collections of donations but I also help sorting through donations.
I love volunteering so much and it can sometimes be easy to forget the impact the charity shops have on local people, but if anyone ever asks me why I volunteer for Overgate I always stop and explain that every little thing that someone does to support the Hospice helps to care for local people who need them. People like my Grandad.