Send some Love to local animals in need this valentines

valentails-photo-blue-female-dogThe RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & District branch are asking supporters to pick a different kind of Valentine this year. The local branch which is entirely self funded, is calling on the public to choose an animal at their centre to send a ‘Valentails’ card to and put a little love in their lives! If the branch receives enough cards, they plan to build a Valen-Tower at the RSPCA Animal centre on Wade Street, Halifax

Fay Gibbons, Events Coordinator, hopes that with the support of public, the branch can have a bit of fun this February whilst raising awareness and raise vital funds, so that they can continue to help the many abandoned, abused and neglected animals in need in the Calderdale and Huddersfield area

Fay said,

“ This February we wanted to have a little fun and also show the animals that they will find love, so we really hope the public will support us in our Valentails appeal. The animals we rescue and rehabilitate here at the centre have often had unimaginable starts in life and all they need is a little bit of love, so it would be lovely to build our Valentower as high as possible and show them that their fur-ever family isn’t far away.”

“We’re calling on individuals, schools and businesses to send your chosen animal a Valentails card. We hope this will help raise awareness for the branch, and the local community will help us create something beautiful for local animals in need.”

valentails-photo-jacko-dogTo support the branch’s Valentails appeals all you need to do is visit their website: and select your chosen animal from the ‘Animals For Adoption’ list. You can then post your card to: RSPCA Halifax & Huddersfield, Wade Street, Halifax, HX1 1SN.

If you don’t have time to post a card but still want to show your support you can donate online via the website, Text RSPC40 £2 to 70070 or visit

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield and District Branch are a completely self-funding branch of the National RSPCA, responsible for raising money locally to support our animal welfare work.  Our main aim is to rehabilitate unwanted, abandoned and abused animals and find them loving, permanent homes. We rely on public donations and the generosity of our local community to keep the doors of our animal centre open.

Donate your artwork to an exhibition and art auction for Healthy Minds

Donate your artwork to a fundraising event for Healthy Minds Mental Health Charity taking place in October at The Blind Pig, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 2EQ

Art can be a way to express yourself and work through difficult emotions or experiences and this exhibition is to inspire people from all walks of life.

Artwork must be between 4x6in and 12×16.5in and can be donated by handing it in to Healthy Minds at Voluntary Action Calderdale, Hall Street between Tuesday 30 August and Friday 9 September – 10am to 3pm (Monday to Friday only)

For more information and to arrange handing in your artwork please call 07960 972685 or email

Calderdale Flood Relief Fund – Grants and Donations

The Calderdale Flood Relief Fund provides emergency relief grants to people whose homes have been flooded, to meet the immediate financial burdens of moving out, pumping and drying, and emergency repairs.

The maximum amount that each application can receive in the first instance is £200 which may be increased depending on the availability of funds.

For more information, please visit the Community Foundation for Calderdale Website.

For any donations Community Foundation for Calderdale receive to the flood appeal, the government will match it £ for £ (including donations already made) The aim is to hit £1m quickly to provide emergency relief to those that need it.

If you would like to make a donation visit

Can you help spread some happiness this Christmas?

Did you know that there are over 200 older people in Calderdale who won’t be getting any Christmas presents this year – more including those in care homes.

You can make a difference to someone this Christmas by donating a small gift, whether it’s a pair of gloves, socks, chocolates, toiletries, or even an unwanted gift from last year, the cost is not important – it’s the giving that matters.

Gifts can be dropped off right up until Christmas Eve at Customer First, Horton Street, Halifax or at Park Road reception and up to 4pm on Wednesday 23 December at Westgate House reception.

Don’t forget to gift wrap the present and label whether it’s suitable for a man or a woman. Any additional presents will be given to the food bank to distribute and to people living in care homes who don’t have any family.

Please give as many presents as you can and help make sure that everybody in Calderdale gets a present this year!

Donate and help the most vulnerable this winter

Are you clearing out the old before bringing in the new this Christmas?

If so then why not consider donating your unwanted items to the One Good Turn charity at one of their Give and Take sessions being held across Calderdale throughout November and December. – The most urgent items required include:

  • Men’s clothes, shoes, coats – Ladies coats, shoes
  • Children coats, pyjamas, dressing gowns, slippers, shoes – Toys, Games, Books
  • Bedding, duvets, duvet covers, sheets, blankets for single and double beds and cots
  • Toiletries, Toothpaste, Soap, Deodorant, Sanitary Towels, Nappies, Shower gel

Donations can be made on the following collection dates:

  • Tuesday 17 November – St Augustine’s Centre, Hanson Lane – 1pm to 3pm
  • Tuesday 24 November – The Gathering Place, St James Road – 11.45am to 2pm
  • Tuesday 1 December – Mixenden Parents Resource Centre,  – 10am to 2pm
  • Tuesday 8 December – Waring Green Community Centre, Brighouse – 1pm to 3pm
  • Tuesday 15 December – The Gathering Place – St James Road – 11.45am to 2pm
  • Tuesday 15 December – St Augustine’s Centre, Hanson Lane – 2.30pm to 4.30pm

For further information visit

Give a toss for Huntington’s disease

This is an awareness campaign highlighting the impact that the toss of a “genetic coin” has had on three recent generations of one family. It is thought that there are up to 12,000 other Huntington Disease families in the UK.

For further information or to donate visit

Tree of Lights big switch on in Sowerby Bridge

Gather around the Ash Tree in the car park of The Village Restaurant, Wharf Street, Sowerby Bridge on Friday 20 November for the big light switch on at 6pm

You can also dedicate a light to a loved one for a minimum donation of £5.

All funds raised will go towards an external 24/7 access defibrillator to be located in the local community