Local fundraising can get national coverage!

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BBC Radio 2 Presenter Scott Mills gave a shout out and thanked local fundraiser Christine Gow who made over 250 cream teas for friends and family raising over £3,500 for children’s charity Mothershare.

This year Christine decided to raise money for Mothershare who provide vulnerable children and families in Calderdale with things they need such as essentials, cots, blankets, bottles, prams, clothes, underwear and nappies.

Understanding that the economy has hit people in their pockets, Christine decided to also hold a raffle. She explained, “Times are tough for people but I also wanted to raise as much money as possible for a charity who is in demand to help families now more than ever so I thought a raffle would provide an extra way to raise funds. I am extremely grateful to all the businesses who provided a prize and to all my friends and family for donating money.”

Human scratching post climbing event to raise funds for local RSPCA branch

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West Yorkshire RSPCA branch is preparing for a record kitten season following the effects of the pandemic and lockdowns.

And to help raise funds to pay for food, vet bills and medicine to help handle the influx, the staff at RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District are joining forces with ROKT Foundation to invite people to take on the scratching post challenge on Yorkshire’s highest indoor climbing wall.

When: April 1st at ROKT Brighouse

April is dubbed as the start of kitten season – when cats are most likely to give birth – but after three lockdowns RSPCA staff fear many cats may not have been neutered and as a result the local charity could face their busiest wave of cats and kittens ever.

The costs associated with looking after so many rescued animals are higher than ever, so the RSPCA branch is appealing for people to sign up for the fundraiser at ROKT in Brighouse on April 1 to generate much needed income through a day of sponsored climbs – dubbed the scratching post challenge as a link to cats’ love of climbing.

Lauren Moore of the RSPCA, said: ‘’Many people still don’t realise that even a young cat at four or five months old can become pregnant. And given the lockdowns and difficulty in being able to access veterinary services as a result of the pandemic, we fear a huge number of cats won’t have been neutered as they usually would have.

“Even when services have been back open, the change to people’s lives mean the usual things may have been forgotten or they haven’t been able to afford to do so and it all adds up.

“So we’re preparing for our busiest ever influx of cats and kittens this spring and with that comes a lot of associated costs to make sure these animals get the care and treatment they need.

‘’Even without a major influx during kitten season, we still face rising costs for the basics to provide care for all our animals until we can find their forever homes

“That’s why we’ve teamed up with the ROKT Foundation charity to run this unique fundraiser because although we will need to raise funds to cover the significant costs for their care, we also want to raise awareness of the importance of neutering or spaying your cat too.

Katie Kinsella, ROKT Foundation’s Director for Community & Business Engagement, said: “It doesn’t matter whether you’re seasoned climber or a complete novice, we have climbing routes for everyone and the team at ROKT Foundation will help get you up the wall and raise some much needed money for this wonderful charity.


Pocket, Chalk and Boulder. AKA, all you will need for this challenge!

“Cats love to climb and so do we, so it’s a perfect partnership to raise funds and attention for a very real problem our local RSPCA faces. But with everyone’s help, we can all make a difference.”

To sign up for the challenge or to find out more please visit:

For more on the ROKT Foundation charity see
ROKT | Old Flour Mill, Millroyd Street, Brighouse, HD6 1EY

easyfundraising pledges support to the British-Ukrainian Aid

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Funding platform easyfundraising has pledged to #StandWithUkraine and double every donation raised through their site for British-Ukrainian Aid for the next 6 months.

The charity supports people suffering due to the war and humanitarian crisis, including orphaned children, the elderly, and families whose homes have been destroyed.

Shoppers using the easyfundraising website or app can raise donations for British-Ukrainian Aid simply by doing their normal shopping with thousands of online retailers.

Visit or you can set up your own good cause here:

easyfundraising announce their biggest Third sector organisation payout

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Thousands of good causes across the UK are able to update their facilities, buy new equipment, and improve their services, thanks to fundraising website easyfundraising and their low-maintenance approach to fundraising.

Voluntary organisations are receiving a share of £1.8m in donations. 

Through the easyfundraising platform, 6,000 online retailers including Sainsbury’s, eBay, Amazon, M&S, Just Eat and Argos will donate to third sector organisations for free.

To take advantage of this free income stream for your organisation, find out more here: 


Editor’s note: It is easy to support your favourite charity through easyfundraising.
Simply visit them online, choose the retailer you wish to shop from and the charity you would like to support. Once you complete your online purchase, the charity will receive a donation, proportionate to your purchase through easyfundraising. It’s like charitable cashback!

Sponsor Halifax Magpies trip to IMART in Cork, Ireland

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On behalf of Halifax RUFC, we are currently fundraising and supporting our mixed ability team the Halifax Magpies get to Ireland to represent the district in IMART 2022 which is set to take place 5-11 June 2022 in Cork Ireland. Details of the tournament can be found under the following link About – International Mixed Ability Rugby Tournament (

Not only is your support vital this will also be the experience of a lifetime for all the players involved who face challenges every day most people just don’t understand. Halifax RUFC is proud to have a mixed ability team and we use rugby as a way of making a difference to these people and their families everyday lives. The majority have physical and mental learning difficulties and pictured on the IMART website is our very own Sam Beevers who is a stalwart of this team and typifies the enjoyment they all have in feeling part of this club.

Our target is ambitious and all monies raised will be used towards travel, accommodation, equipment and insurance for around 30 players of mixed ability and able-bodied facilitators, carers and support staff.

If you know anyone that can help by donating money please use our just giving page Fundraiser by Jason Brian : Help Halifax Magpies get to IMART 2022 (, alternatively you can contact Jason Brian (Director of Rugby)

Local RSPCA sending out mystery ‘Valentail’s’ messages to supporters this Feb from animals in their care!

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THE RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & District are adding an exciting new twist to their annual Valentail’s appeal. Not only can you send a card to one of the animals in their centre, but any supporter who donates to the appeal will also receive a surprise message from an animal in their care on Valentine’s Day!


The Valentail’s appeal will run from February 1st – February 14th, with donors receiving a heartfelt message from an RSPCA animal on Valentine’s Day and being automatically entered into a prize draw to win a Valentine’s Hamper too. The local RSPCA branch hopes the appeal will raise vital funds, find homes for the animals in their care and engage the local community by having a little fun this February!

Animal Care Assistant Rebekah enjoys a cuddle during training with Lizzie the German Shepherd.


Fay GibbonsDigital & Events Fundraiser said, “Valentine’s Day is traditionally a time for love and our February appeal gives you the chance to show you care for local animals in need. Some of our animals have never experienced love in their lives before, which is why this appeal means a lot to us!


“We’ve made Valentail’s even more quirky this year by asking the public to make a small online donation and in return, you’ll receive a surprise message from one of our ‘Lonely Paws Club!’. This is a really unique appeal, so we hope that our supporters and local community will get involved and join in the fun!’’


You can donate from February 1st – February 14th by visiting their website at or follow the local RSPCA branch on their social media channels.


Sisterly love! Kittens Esme & Alice are currently looking for their loving forever home – could they be your Valentail? 


The self-funding Animal Centre also asks their supporters to share who they received their Valentines message from on their own social media platforms, with the hashtag #MyValentail.

The aim of this is to get the animals trending online on Valentine’s Day – Monday 14th February, in the hope that it may find them new, loving homes.


The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford Branch estimates that it costs £132 a month to look after each animal in their centre, so donations to the Valentail’s Appeal will go a long way to help the branch find homes for the many cats, dogs and small animals in their care.


Could Florence the ferret or Tulip the Great Dane appear in your inbox on Valentines Day morning?!


If you would like to make a donation towards the Valentail’s Appeal to receive your animal message and be entered into the branch’s Valentine’s prize draw, simply visit:,


If you would like to send a Valentines card to an animal in their care, please post them to: RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford Branch, Wade Street, Halifax, HX1 1SN.

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District Branch are a self-funding branch of the National RSPCA, responsible for raising money locally to support our animal welfare work.  During 2021 year the branch rehomed over 500 animals and our main aim is to rehabilitate unwanted, abandoned and abused animals and find them loving, permanent homes. We rely on public donations and the generosity of our local community to keep the doors of our animal centre open.

Grant an Animal’s Christmas Wish this December with the RSPCA

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Help Miss Pickles the Bull Dog get an Urgent Operation!

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford & DistrictBranch are hoping the local community will help them grant the Christmas wish of a new, loving home for all the animals in their care this December.

You can help with this fund by donating online or buying a Wish Ticket from all of the RSPCA Charity Shops across Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford and at the Wade Street Animal Centre too.

The self-funded Animal Centre (which rehomes cats, dogs and smalls animals) hopes to raise vital funds to help cover the veterinary, training, and shelter costs that make it possible for them to find homes for the abandoned, abused and unwanted pets in their care over the Christmas period.

Peanut the ferret peeks out of a Christmas stocking! 

The Wade Street Animal Home in Halifax are also hoping they can raise enough to cover the surgery costs of one dog in particular who needs a vital operation to help her breathe.

Miss Pickles, an 8-year-old British Bull Dog, arrived in the branch’s care after her original owner could no longer cope. The Animal Care team soon discovered that Miss Pickles was suffering from grade 3 Brachycephalic obstructive airway syndrome (BOAS) – a term used to describe a group of conditions we see in animals with shortened skulls (brachycephalic) which compromises their ability to breathe normally.

Miss Pickles has made her wish to Santa this Christmas 

Miss Pickles urgently needs this surgery before she can safely be rehomed – however the operation will cost the local RSPCA branch over £2500.


Fay Gibbons, Digital Fundraiser, says “Our Christmas Wish Appeal is a special opportunity to grant an animal’s wish of finding a loving home this December. We have lots of cats, dogs, ferrets and other small animals in our care who will sadly have to spend the festive season in rescue. However, with the support of our local community we’re hoping we can raise the funds needed to support their care which will help these wonderful pets find a forever family!’’

For anyone who would like to grant a Christmas Wish for an RSPCA animal, you can donate direct via the local RSPCA’s website. Or if Miss Pickles’ story has pulled on your heart-strings, you can contribute directly towards her surgery costs to make sure this lovable girl is ready for rehoming as soon as possible.

There is also the opportunity to purchase ‘Wish tickets’ in all of the RSPCA Charity Shops across Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford and at the Wade Street Animal Centre too.

The Wish tickets make great stocking fillers for anyone wanting to purchase a unique gift idea or for those who just want to help.

Every Wish ticket granted and sold will help the RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford in their mission to care for and rehome as many animals as possible as we move into 2022.

To donate to the appeal online visit or To purchase Wish tickets, please visit any of the RSPCA charity shops across Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and in the Wade Street Animal Centre.

If you would like to donate towards Miss Pickles’ surgery costs directly visit:

So far this year the branch has successfully found homes for 89 dogs, 240 cats and 80 small animals. They hope with the support of the local community they can give all the animals currently waiting to be adopted the best Christmas possible.

All donations will be gratefully received, after what has been an extremely difficult 18 months for the local RSPCA Centre.

“The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District Branch are a self-funding branch of the National RSPCA, responsible for raising money locally to support our animal welfare work.  Our main aim is to rehabilitate unwanted, abandoned and abused animals and find them loving, permanent homes. We rely on public donations and the generosity of our local community to keep the doors of our animal centre open.”  

Illingworth Post Lady will Brave the Shave!

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ON August the 30th at Bradshaw Cricket Club, Illingworth Post Lady Sharon will shave off her long hair in aid of Macmillan.

Sharon wants to raise awareness of cancer and for all the wonderful services Macmillan provide.

But that’s not all there is. There will be a raffle with the chance to win prizes and coffee with lots of scrumptuous homemade cake to go with it! So come join us at

Bradshaw Cricket Club between 1-4 pm on Saturday 30th August

Any support, however small would be helpful. You can turn up on the day or you can support online at – Search for Posties Sharon and Claire

Or, why not speak to Sharon when she’s on delivery and fill in her sponsor form!

If leaflet doesn’t display, click here to view it

Halifax Long March 2020: Midnight walk on Easter Night for your charity of choice

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Are you planning on having an egg hunt this Easter? How about a mystery route Midnight March on a trail past famous Calderdale landmarks?

Throughout time, Easter celebrations, however interpreted, represent Hope and New Beginnings . Especially for all these reasons, Easter is also a great time for surprises!

The Halifax Long March is a Midnight walk unlike any other. Starting at 12.00am midnight, aiming to finish at 10am the next day, this  26 miles night hike is a themed route that will take you past famous landmarks of Calderdale. The route will not be revealed until the start of the event!

Challenge yourself achieving an incredible milestone or walk for a cause you believe in. There is over 40 amazing charities to choose from. You can even propose your own reason for doing this!



Marshals needed

If you don’t fancy the walk but would still like to get involved, marshals are needed along the way to support and help those walking with practical and emotional support.

There are 3 rest centres along the route offering free refreshments. The route will be monitored by First Aid qualified marshals and covered by GPS for peace of mind.

Come join us for a challenge and a good cause – or just to take a break from all the chocolate eggs!

More information here:


Halifax Long March Website

Bereavement Support and Social Group Table Top Sale – Tomorrow!

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The Wednesday Bereavement Support and Social Group are having a Table Top Sale next month so be sure to drop in or have your own table for just £5.

On Wednesday 6 July 2016 – 2pm to 4pm
At The Canon Winter Centre, All Saints Church, Savile Road, Elland, HX5 0NH

Contact Christine on 01422 371749 for further information.