Echoes of the past: Society supports children’s hospice

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The Martin House Children’s Hospice is set in the beautiful tranquil village of Boston Spa near Wetherby.

It was opened in 1987 by the Duchess of Kent, after being the vision and led by the determination of the Venerable Richard Seed, Archdeacon of York. Once it was completed he was given the title of Founder of the Hospice.

Many thousands of people helped to raise money to build and complete the vision of its founder. When its doors were opened to the first children and their families, it became only the second children’s hospice in the UK.

In Brighouse many local groups have and still actively raise funds for Martin House. In this photograph, which dates back almost 30 years, are just some of the ladies from the St Chad’s Church Ladies Society, Hove Edge, and the church minister who were involved in raising funds for Martin House. Left to right: Mary Wainwright, Joan Marlow and Judith Bray, who were all committee members, president Joan Kirk, chairman Mary Walker, Lesley Brookes, Agnes Whitwam, committee member and Pat Blacker the treasurer. Standing at the back is Rev David Brookes.

The St Chad’s Ladies Society was founded in 1963 and plays an important role in raising funds for charities and for the upkeep of the church.