Charity begins at the Nash...

Charity begins at the Nash...

BIG-HEARTED regulars at a Batley club have raised nearly £30,000 for charity over the last four years.

The incredible total has been raised at the Irish Democratic League Club for causes including cystic fibrosis research.

The fundraising started in 2009 when the Churchfield Street venue hosted an event in memory of Healey youngster Thomas Grimshaw.

The 15-year-old St John Fisher High pupil died of cystic fibrosis, a chronic lung disease, the previous year.

Parents Christopher and Michelle Grimshaw stayed at Eckersley House in Leeds when Thomas needed hospital care.

Eckersley House, run by charity the Sick Children’s Trust, provides rooms so families can stay near paediatric wards.

The Nash’s first fundraiser earned £3,700 split between Eckersley House and the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. It has became an annual tradition and has seen more than than £12,000 raised for the two causes so far.

Also in 2009 the Nash started organising fundraisers for the Dewsbury and District Faith and Light group at St Paulinus Church.

They take disabled people from across North Kirklees on an annual trip to Lourdes in France.

More than £8,000 has been raised so far, with even more coming in memory of Heckmondwike woman Liesel Mackay.

She died of cancer aged just 23 in 2010 having been diagnosed with the illness while still a pupil at St John Fisher High. The Nash raised nearly £7,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust and a further £350 for Macmillan Nurses.

Events since 2009 have included a Batley’s Got Talent night, raffles and an auction of sports memorabilia.

They are organised by the club’s committee, including Margaret Walker, Jean Foley and Monica Hopkins.

Margaret said: “The generosity of people is amazing. It’s been tough times for many these last few years yet they still want to give.

“When we go round selling raffle tickets they’ll often buy £10’s worth. It sums up what a strong community there is in Batley.”

Traders including the Charnock’s and Grantham’s bakeries have helped, as did the town’s much-missed rugby league stalwart Ron Earnshaw.

A further £1,800 has been raised for the Royal British Legion with 1940s theme nights in 2011 and last year.

The Nash’s latest 1940s event is on Friday November 8, also for the Royal British Legion. Non-members are welcome to attend.

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