Give it up for Hollybank

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A FUNDRAISING team is asking people to “Give it Up” for Hollybank.

The idea behind the new fundraising campaign is to encourage people to give up something that is probably bad for them – such as chocolates, cigarettes, bottle of wine, cake and crisps – and put the money saved in a “Give it Up” tin.

Alternatively, if they are tempted and slide back into their old ways, they can put a fine into the tin.

All the money will go towards improving the lives of children and young people with profound and multiple disabilities who live and study at the Hollybank Trust, based in Mirfield.

Julie Shaw, the new Head of Fundraising at Hollybank Trust, came up with the idea of “Give it Up” for Hollybank.

She said: “The idea was inspired by Lent, and many people religious or not try to give up something for those six weeks. However, our campaign will be running a lot longer than that – but anyone can take part for any length of time.”

Hollybank Trust educates, cares for and enriches the lives of more than 100 children and adults with multiple disabilities. Most residents also have speech, language and communication difficulties.

Julie added: “We offer quality of life, for life to all those we care for and need to fundraise for the things that improve their lives, such as trips out, entertainment in-house and new activities to try.

“We are looking for kind-hearted individuals, groups or even work places to take part in this campaign and encourage each other. In making the decision to cut something out and improve your own life, you will also be enriching the lives of those special people we support here at Hollybank.”

Lots of people have already signed up to take part – from schoolchildren to business owners.

Huddersfield Town ambassador Andy Booth joined the fundraising team and Hollybank School pupil Amy Ibbotson for the launch, although he was still deciding what to give up. He took a Give it Up tin back to the Galpharm Stadium to share with his team.

Anyone interested in taking part should contact the fundraising office on 01924 483906 or go to the Hollybank website at www.hollybanktrust.com