SMKD in Bradford ask you to support Secret Santa Appeal

This year, more children than ever are going to go without a Christmas present. That is why at SMKD we support the Secret Santa Appeal. “

For any further information on the secret santa appeal, this is the link to the website.

Please donate by the 8th of December

It is getting to that time of year again when Christmas lists are getting longer and the shopping trips seem to never end. But SMKD, a Bradford based vape company, is getting into the Christmas spirit by giving back to the community and joining JCI Bradford’s Secret Santa Appeal.

JCI is a non-profit organisation for 18 to 40 year olds. It was founded to provide opportunities for young people to create positive change. Since 1989, JCI has held the Secret Santa Appeal.

This is an annual event where various organisations act as drop off points for people to donate Christmas presents to children in poverty. The appeal is needed now more than ever with so many families struggling to make ends meet.
According to the End Child Poverty Coalition, 3.6 million children in the UK were living in poverty last year, and this is set to increase considerably with the cost of living crisis.

This means parents all over the country are having to make the tough decision between making their child smile on Christmas, and putting food on the table.

SMKD are determined to give the children of Bradford, Calderdale, and Kirklees the magical Christmas they deserve. From November 21st to December 8th they will be collecting presents, donated by customers, in their Bradford, Halifax, and Huddersfield stores. We were able to speak to the managing director of SMKD, Moe, about their decision to work with JCI Bradford. “It is so easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of Christmas. Sometimes we forget that the whole point of the holiday is to give to others, and especially to those who can not
afford the luxuries that we take for granted.”

He went on to say, “when we heard about the Secret Santa Appeal, we knew we had to do something for the kids who need a bit of hope during this difficult time.”

The JCI appeal collects thousands of presents every year. SMKD’s goal is to collect 120 gifts, just 20 per participating store. The selected stores are:

  • Bridge Street, Bradford
  • Kirkgate, Bradford
  • John Street, Bradford
  • Sticker Lane, Bradford
  • High Street, Huddersfield
  • Market Street, Halifax

To learn more about the Secret Santa Appeal, you can visit the JCI Bradford website. Or visit to find out how you can help make Christmas merry again for families in need.

Please donate by the 8th of December

12 Days of Giving : Movement for Good 2022

12 days of giving is the last phase of Movement for Good’s 2022 programme!

For 12 days in December Movement for Good will be drawing 10 charities per working day to receive £1000.

The first draw will be taking place on the 1st December and the last draw will be on the 16th December.

For a chance to receive £1000 pound, nominate your charity using this link:


If you would like to nominate North Halifax Partnership, you could follow the link on the card below!



Overgate Hospice Heroes this Saturday October 1st at Illingworth Sports Club


Overgate Hospice Heroes invite you at Illingworth Sports and Social club

Saturday October 1st from 12 onwards

Come along for a family friendly fun day and enjoy a BBQ and Live Music along wtih many fun activities for the kids!

Your contribution wil  help raise vital funds for people living with life-limiting illnesses.


Venue : Illingworth Sports and Social Club, Keighley Rd, Halifax HX2 8HA

RSPCA calling all local detectives! Who dunnit?

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield & Bradford Branch have a new and exciting ‘Whodunnit’ Mystery Tour taking place in Halifax.

The tour is a murder mystery trail taking in clues from around Halifax Town Centre that will finally reveal the answer to ‘whodunnit’.

The walk is accessible to all and can be done at your own pace. It may even introduce you to sights of Halifax you’ve not seen before!

Whodunnit packs are just £5 and available from the RSPCA Animal Centre on Wade Street, Halifax, the RSPCA Charity Shop in Brighouse or you can request a pack online via the website


Fay Gibbons, Digital Fundraiser, says “This is a unique event for us and what’s great is that you can take part whenever you like! It makes a great activity for the kids and who knows what interesting surprises you might discover along the way!

We hope that our local community will get involved by picking up a pack – it’s a wonderful way to have some fun whilst helping us raise vital funds for our Centre and the animals in our care.

The RSPCA Halifax, Huddersfield, Bradford and District Branch are a 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. The local rehoming centre relies on public donations and the generosity of its local community to keep the doors of their animal centre open. The branch care for cats, dogs and small animals and have successfully rehomed 37 dogs, 81 cats and 27 small animals so far this year.


Dean Field fundraiser to provide educational supplies and resources to schools in Uganda

Children at Dean Field Community Primary School are supporting one of their teachers who is participating in a charity fellowship to Uganda during the summer holidays this year.

The children have learned all about the different culture, education and poverty in the differing country during assembly and how Miss Fudge, Deputy Headteacher, will be supporting the education system out there. When she returns to Dean Field in September she will be able to share photos and information on how their fundraising made a difference to children out there, inspiring the charitable possibilities others could do in the future or may want to pursue when they are older.

Miss Fudge also shared the similarities and differences of the UK and Uganda’s education system so Dean Field children can understand the advantages and disadvantages of education across the world.

There is now an online fund raiser for Dean Field families to get involved in the project too and the money raised will be for purchasing school resources out there. If you would also like to get involved with the charity project then please see more information on the poster and via the Just Giving page:

Heritage Events with David Glover in June

Local Historian David C. Glover will be delivering Heritage Walks with topics around various aspects of life in Halifax this month. There are two local flavour walks as part of Halifax Flavourfest and a fundraiser for St. Augustine’s Church.

David Glover from the Discover Brackenbed Walk :

A Taste of West HalifaxHalifax Flavourfest Local History Walks

Walk 1 – 16th June at 19:00hrs:

Meet at Halifax Gibbet. Walk past t the site of two local murders and the site of the Hanson Lane Bomb,  the little-known Model Village at West Hill Park, Alms-houses, the birthplace of Speaker Whitley, People’s Park, Francis Street and finishing at the gates of Lister Lane Cemetery.

Free event, please book through Eventbrite

Walk 2 – 19th June :

Meet opposite 3 Victoria Road, Halifax, HX1 5PT.
Rediscover vanished facilities and buildings including the Halifax Cattle Market & Fairground, ‘St Helena’ Debtors’ Gaol, St Augustine’s Church, The Workhouse, and the site of the first Halifax Slasher attack of 1938. Concludes with a tour of Lister Lane Cemetery – now a European Cemetery of Significance.

Free event, please book through Eventbrite

These are gentle walks and last about 2 hours. You are invited for a complimentary drink at Cha Cha Chai afterwards. Please wear suitable footwear.

Pellon Lane to Lister Lane via St Augustine’s Church
Fundraiser for St Augustine’s Church

Sunday 26th June at 2:30pm

Start at St Augustine’s School, Hanson Lane, Halifax, HX1 5PG

Tickets £8.00 on the door or from Shelagh Hirst on 07941 460905

A nostalgic slideshow of past photographs presented with a fascinating commentary by David Glover. Refreshments will be provided.

Charity Golf Day Raises £12,000 for Community CPR Fund

Neil Davidson hosted a charity golf day at West End Golf Club in Halifax and raised £12,000 for his Community CPR Fund. Over 30 teams took part in the event which had a shotgun start in the morning and in the afternoon, and the overall winner won a Four Ball at Royal Lytham St Anne’s Golf Course.

Neil Davidson started campaigning and raising money to pay for training following his own cardiac arrest 5 years ago and his son Oliver who was visiting from Australia carried out CPR on him for 21 minutes at 3.00 am in the morning until the Paramedics arrived and used a defibrillator on him.

Since then, Neil has encouraged people to be CPR trained and be confident in using a defibrillator if the situation arises.

Teams had CPR Training on during the Community CPR Fund Golf Day

Neil Davidson explained, “The Golf Day wasn’t just about raising money for the Community CPR Fund, it was an opportunity to raise awareness and that’s why we had CPR training on the 15th hole. This was a bit of an unusual activity for a Golf Day, but 95% of people who have a cardiac arrest on a golf course don’t survive, so it was a very interactive and informative day.”

“I was particularly grateful to receive lots of local business support for sponsorship, and would like to extend my thanks to PiB Insurance who were the headline sponsor.”

Steve Duncan, CEO of The Community Foundation for Calderdale where the Community CPR Fund is held added, “One of the causes we support is to improve health and lifespan for people in Calderdale, and we are pleased that Neil has raised money that will now be spent on CPR training.”