Holmfirth-based estate agent Applegate Properties helped to spread some Halloween cheer at Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice last week.
The company has been running a Halloween pumpkin carving competition for the past couple of weeks, but had the idea to take the contest to Forget Me Not, too.
So, armed with 30 pumpkins, a few handfuls of electric tea lights and the all-important carving tools, Applegate’s managing director Amy Wray, lettings account manager Gwen Kaye and lettings negotiator Laura Simpson went along to their hospice, Russell House, in Huddersfield.
Eleven of the children that the charity supports were invited to take part, each grabbing a pumpkin, and enjoying time with their families.
Commenting on why the team went along, Applegate’s managing director Amy Wray said: “We always take time out to give something back to charity. We’re an avid friend of Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, and we join in on lots of events to raise money for them!
“But this was a little bit different – it wasn’t about collecting funds, but helping to put a smile on the children’s faces – it really was a lovely day.”
Applegate has been a corporate supporter of the charity the start of 2016 and has taken part in several fundraising activities over the past ten months, from competing in a rounders tournament to attending its ‘Celebration Soiree’ at The Arches in Dean Clough in September – which raised £4,000!
Sammie Loucas, corporate fundraiser at Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice said: “When Applegate approached us about their idea to host a Halloween event and told us that they would even donate all of the pumpkins and carving kits, we were extremely excited. And we knew our children would love it!
“What is amazing is seeing the smiles on our children’s faces and by giving a little bit of time, Applegate made that happen. We can’t thank them enough for their continued support.”
Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice supports children with life shortening conditions and their families across West Yorkshire. Each year, the charity costs £3.8 million in running costs, and they receive less than 6% of that from Government funding, meaning that it relies heavily on community support.