Huddersfield Town's match against Stevenage at the weekend marked a momentous occasion in the history of the Forget Me Not Children's Hospice when the Mayor of Kirklees, Councillor Eric Firth handed over the keys to their newly built Hospice in Bradley, Huddersfield.
Huddersfield Town Chairman Dean Hoyle joined Councillor Firth and Chief Executive of the charity Peter Branson on the pitch during the half-time interval to celebrate the occasion.
The keys were handed over to Raymond and Becky who were chosen as representatives for the Charity. The couple's child was the first ever to be cared through its hospice at home service.
To help celebrate the occasion the Hospice sold discount match tickets through their shops ahead of the Stevenage match with over 1,000 fans snapping up tickets for the Fantastic Media Stand. Town's first team players joined in the celebrations wearing unique purple warm-up shirts, which featured the Charity's logo.
The Forget Me Not Children's Hospice has now been built in Bradley, Huddersfield. It is a wonderful building, created to look and feel like a family home. When a child and family are welcomed into the hospice, they enter a place of laughter, toys and fun. A million miles away from anything resembling a hospital, it welcomes children and their families in for both play sessions and overnight short stays that can give Mum, Dad or carer a welcome break from the endless hard work that often describes their normal day.
Huddersfield Town Chairman Dean Hoyle commented: "We were delighted to celebrate this achievement and it was great that the community joined us in our celebrations. The match commemorated the years of hard work and dedication that Peter Branson and the Forget Me Not Trust workers have put in to make this dream a possibility."
Through match day announcer Paul Ramsden, the Forget Me Not Children's Hospice told the crowd: "Gratitude and thanks go to everyone that has helped raise the £2.5m the hospice has taken to build. Huge amounts of that money have come from local people - it really could not have been done without you. Huddersfield Town, a family Club, has again proved that it is right at the heart of the community by being so involved in helping the hospice celebrate this day in such a special way."
Mayor of Kirklees, Eric Firth commented on the pitch: ""On behalf of everyone here today, it is with great pleasure and pride that I hand over the keys to the Forget Me Not Children's Hospice. A very special place that will care and support local children and families.
"All children deserve to be able to enjoy the life they have and the wonderful care team at the Hospice will make sure they do just that."
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This season Football League clubs throughout the country are working with their local hospices as part of The Football League's Official Charity Partnership with Help the Hospices.
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