30 Dec 2020 Community
Festive raffle raises over £1,000 for The Kirkwood
Every year, Jayne Pollard organises a fundraiser to help raise money for two local charities close to her heart. As the coronavirus pandemic shows no sign of letting up, Jayne was determined not to let it affect her annual fundraising efforts.
Jayne Pollard, who lives in Mirfield, organises a Ladies Night at the Lower Hopton working men’s club every year to raise vital funds for two local charities close her heart, The Kirkwood and Northorpe Hall Child and Family Trust.
The annual evening has become a flagship event in the community’s calendar, with friends, family and locals all joining to support the local causes.
But as the coronavirus pandemic has affected fundraising across the country, many have found new ways of raising money in a safe and contact-free way.
Jayne sadly had to cancel this year’s Ladies Night this November and instead replace it with a festive raffle for everyone to get involved in. The raffle was a huge success and raised over £3,300 to split between The Kirkwood and Northorpe Hall.
Jayne said: “I started organising the Ladies Night about five years ago because I work at Northorpe Hall and I’ve grown up knowing about The Kirkwood, I was a teenager when it first opened.
“Both charities hold a special place in my heart, I’m a cheerleader for both of them. I feel quite emotional about Northorpe Hall, it offers a wonderful service to young people across Kirklees and it’s unfortunately a much-needed service.
“I also remember my mum working as a District Nurse in Dalton and often liaising with The Kirkwood, my nana used to fundraise for them and sadly over the years I’ve known people who needed The Kirkwood’s services – the feedback I hear from friends and relatives is amazing.
“My brother also works for The Kirkwood and I remember when he started, I had been with Northorpe Hall for around two years, he said to me ‘I can’t believe how wonderful I feel about my job, I can’t it explain it Jayne’ and I told him he didn’t have to because I know myself since working at Northorpe.
“Knowing that both charities have suffered this year and because I couldn’t host the Ladies Night due to social distancing, I decided to hold a raffle to raise money. My husband first offered to donate £100 and then I put a shout out on social media to my friends and on the community group, Mirfield Matters.
“After that it just snowballed from there. I was inundated with people wanting to donate prizes. We had individuals and lots of small businesses who have most likely felt the effects of this year wanting to donate prizes. I was really overwhelmed with the generosity of people wanting to donate and we ended up with around 70 prizes.”
By entering the raffle, locals had the chance of winning some amazing prizes including a Bronze Party Package from local bar Imperil Mirfield, retail vouchers, food and drink hampers, a gym membership, airport lounge passes and so much more!
“I had to order a minimum of 1,000 tickets and then were gone in no time. I was able to give out some bank details to collect the money so it was all done contact-free rather than handling cash. Even with the raffle tickets, I was able to send people their numbers via messenger or text.
“In previous years at my Ladies Night, I’ve probably raised £1,000 and that’s with doing a raffle on the night too. Someone told me I should replace the evening with this, but I never could. I have the same ladies come back every year, it’s a really good night! Next year, I think I’ll do the raffle again in the lead up to the Ladies Night and either draw it on the evening or do it separate.”
The raffle was a huge success for Jayne and she couldn’t have done it without the amazing support of her friends, family and colleagues.
Jayne added: “Colleagues were coming to work after selling books of tickets and my daughter, Chloe, was a real help. She put a lot of effort in selling tickets and I can’t thank her enough.”
Jayne would like to extend her thanks to all the individuals and businesses for donating prizes and to everyone who took part and purchased raffle tickets.
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