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Weekly relaunches front page bid to keep ‘vital’ charity’s doors open

A weekly newspaper has relaunched its campaign aimed at keeping a “vital” charity on its patch going.

The Halifax Courier has called on readers to lend their support to Overgate Hospice, which needs almost £12,000 per day to keep its doors open.

HTFP reported in 2019 how the Courier had launched its Helping Hand campaign, urging readers to donate their time and money to the hospice.

The campaign’s renewal provided a splash for the paper last week.

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Editor Chris Lever told HTFP: “We launched the Halifax Courier’s Helping Hand campaign to help Overgate Hospice back in November 2019 and to promote the great work it does caring for Calderdale patients and their families.

“Of course that was before the pandemic hit turning activities for many charities upside down.

“The hospice’s fundraising has been impacted hard during the coronavirus crisis with income massively down due to Covid lockdown hitting its events and forcing the closure of its charity shops during the various lockdowns since March last year.

“Overgate needs nearly £12,000 a day to keep its doors open and services maintained and, as restrictions start to ease, we felt it was really important to highlight and remind people again how vital this charity is to our community and how we can all do our bit now more than ever to support an incredibly worthy cause that has help people in our district for 40 years.”