31st Oct, 2016
As some of you may know, Halloween is one of our favourite times of the year, so for the past two weeks we’ve held a pumpkin carving competition, to help everyone get into the ‘spirit’!
And, we certainly had some excellent entries! But since we’re avid supporters of Forget Me Not Hospice, we decided to take our competition to them, too.
So, armed with 30 pumpkins, a few handfuls of electric tea lights and the all-important carving tools, our founder Amy, lettings account manager Gwen and lettings negotiator Laura Simpson went along to their hospice, Russell House, in Huddersfield.
Eleven of the hospice’s resident families were invited to take part, each grabbing a pumpkin, and enjoying some time with their families.
There were all kinds of designs, from scary faces, to witches and ghouls!
Commenting on why the team went along, Applegate’s founder Amy Wray said: “We always take time out to give something back to charity. We’re a corporate supporter of Forget Me Not 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.”
Last month the Applegate gang took part in a rounders tournament in aid of the charity, and attended its ‘Celebration Soiree’ at The Arches in Dean Clough – which raised a whopping £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.
Don’t forget to check our social pages on Tuesday, when we’ll announce our pumpkin carving competition winner!
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