We were beyond excited to celebrate our 10th birthday at The John Smith's Stadium!
On Saturday, the handover of a giant key at half-time during the Huddersfield Town vs Hull City game recreated the moment when, 10 years ago this month, we first received the keys to our brand-new hospice building.
Town’s mascot Terry the Terrier and our very own Russell Bear led the cheers as match spectators and Forget Me Not staff, volunteers, supporters and some of the families we care for, helped us celebrate our 10th birthday.
Speaking pitchside at half-time, our director, Gareth Pierce, said: “It’s 10 years since we received the keys to the hospice and since then we’ve supported hundreds and hundreds of children and their families. We want to thank everyone here for their support over the last 10 years and for marking this really special occasion with us.”
There was plenty of Forget Me Not fun happening outside the stadium too, as people took 10th birthday selfies with Russell Bear, while across Huddersfield our wonderful volunteers raised awareness and vital funding for us.
After the event, Gareth said: “Without the support of the local community, our hospice wouldn’t be here at all. So it’s been absolutely amazing to share this celebration with so many people today!”
When you think that most of the money we receive to fund our vital services comes from local people fundraising, donating, shopping in our shops or playing our lottery, reaching this milestone is a huge achievement. It’s testament to the generosity and dedication of the local community who have really taken Forget Me Not to their hearts. We couldn’t be more grateful.”