Cash boost for hospice

CARING: Michelle Ogden (left) and Karen Jeffery (right)from Reuben and Friends, meet head of care at the West Yorkshire Fiorget Me Not Trust Margaret Wadsworth.
CARING: Michelle Ogden (left) and Karen Jeffery (right)from Reuben and Friends, meet head of care at the West Yorkshire Fiorget Me Not Trust Margaret Wadsworth.
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A SPEN charity has donated £500 to a trust which will open a children’s hospice later this year.

Reuben and Friends presented the money to the West Yorkshire Forget Me Not Trust, which is building the hospice and respite centre in Huddersfield.

Work on the building, at Brackenhall, is progressing well and the Trust hopes to open it around Christmas.

Groups and individuals have been fundraising for many years to provide the £2.5m needed to build the hospice – and it will cost more than £1.5m each year to run it.

Reuben and Friends was originally set up to support Reuben Grainger-Mead, of Little Gomersal, who was born with pure red cell aplasia which affects his ability to make red blood cells. It meant that during his early years he had to have regular blood transfusions.

After seeking help from a nutritionist and being put on a permanent course of supplements his condition has now improved and he no longer needs transfusions.

However the charity still fundraises to help others with similar or life-limiting conditions.

Helen Hartley, from Reuben and Friends, said they were pleased to support the hospice.

“The building work is progressing well,” she said.

“We are delighted to be able to help this project, and continue to support local children, which is a major aim of our charity.

“We have lots of exciting plans for this coming year – all details can be found on our website, www.reubenandfriends.org or by contacting me on 01274 875304.”

For more information on the Trust visit www.forgetmenottrust.co.uk.