Halifax Hospice Wins Grand Gesture of £1,000 to support their Silver Jubilee Concert

As part of its Grand Gestures 2016 scheme, Grand Central Rail has awarded Halifax-based Overgate Hospice Choir £1,000 to help fund their Silver Jubilee Concert, scheduled to take place on Saturday 8th October, 7:30pm at All Saints Church, Elland.

Overgate Hospice Choir had bid for a portion of Grand Central’s £3,000 Grand Gestures 2016 fund to cover the costs of the soloists, conductor and accompanist for their special concert. All proceeds from the ticket sales are donated to Overgate Hospice.

To celebrate Overgate Hospice Choir’s 25th anniversary, the choir will be performing The Creation by Haydn at their Silver Jubilee Concert being held in celebration of their first performance in 1991. The choir was founded as part of the National Voices for Hospices movement and has become an established ensemble in the area, performing four times a year and raising nearly £278,000 for the Hospice since its inception.

Being the only hospice in the Calderdale area, Overgate Hospice provides specialist palliative and end of life care for adults suffering from progressive, life-limiting illnesses. The hospice costs £3.5 million to run each year and the choir helps generate the £6,800 needed each day to meet their costs. Since opening, Overgate Hospice has cared for more than 7,000 patients and their families.

Grand Gestures 2016 offered local organisations, including charities, community groups, schools and small businesses along Grand Central’s North East and West Riding routes the chance to win funding for an upcoming project by nominating themselves and explaining how the money would be spent.

A total of seven projects have been rewarded with funding, with Overgate Hospice Choir receiving £1,000, two other organisations receiving £500 each, and four receiving £250 each.

Overgate Hospice Choir is one of 108 organisations that bid for a portion of the fund.

Richard McClean, Managing Director at Grand Central, said, “Grand Gestures 2016 was designed to provide much-needed support to local organisations that believe in making their communities better through their work. Indeed, it was great to see that there are hundreds of organisations that like us, believe in better, and are ready to step up to the challenge if given the right support.

“It was not easy to select the winning entries, as we had received a high number of very strong applications. I would like to congratulate Overgate Hospice Choir on winning this year’s Grand Gesture and look forward to hearing about their progress.”

Choir Member, Diane Croft, said, “This is truly a ‘grand’ gesture, and we are extremely pleased to have been chosen to receive this grant to support our Silver Jubilee Concert. Thanks to Grand Central, we are now able to welcome soloists and musicians to perform in celebration of our 25th anniversary which will consist of Ella Taylor, a former BBC Chorister of the Year, along with Paul Dutton, Tom Meredith and Alan Horsey, conducted by Dr Simon Lindley. We hope people will come and watch our concert and support the hospice.”



For more information contact Grayling on 0113 273 9900 or e-mail grandcentral@grayling.com 

Notes to Editors

1. Grand Central Railway Company Limited operates West Riding services between Bradford Interchange, Halifax, Brighouse, Mirfield, Wakefield Kirkgate, Pontefract Monkhill, Doncaster and London King’s Cross.