Business representatives across Kirklees and Calderdale have handed over £22,000 to two young people’s charities following a phenomenal fundraising lunch and auction.
Hundreds of people in the area’s business community came together at the annual Kirklees and Calderdale Charity Lunch (KACCL) to enjoy an afternoon of entertainment, fundraising and a three-course meal.
The money raised has been split equally between two charities, with £11,000 being donated to Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice, which supports local children and families with life-shortening conditions across Kirklees, Calderdale, Wakefield and Manchester and £11,000 going to Orange Box, a young people’s centre in Halifax.
The funds from KACCL will be used to support the work that takes place at the centre, including The Orange Box Choir in Association with Square Chapel, Orange Box Rock School music workshops, and ‘Routes’ Youth Music Festival, which provides a platform for young musicians to showcase their talent on an open stage.
Jamie Eagleton, development officer at Orange Box, said: “We are so grateful to KACCL as the funds will ensure the continuation of our choir and will enable it to grow, inspire and change the lives of young people in Calderdale by helping them to build confidence and develop relationships and skills.”