SCA activities

WE REGRET that because of the coronavirus crisis we have either postponed or cancelled all our events for the next few months, including formal monthly committee meetings. Please watch this space or Facebook for future updates.

Let Pinderfields have photos of your scrub-making

Hospital plans composite 'thank you' display

THE Volunteer Services Team at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust is asking for all those who have been involved in the project to produce scrubs, headbands, wash bags, etc for Pinderfields Hospital to send photographs of themselves for a thank you collage.

In an email to Liz Hampton, a member of both the SCA and Sandal Art Group, who has been organising a team of volunteers, they write

“Firstly we would like to say a huge thank you for the items you have kindly made and donated to the Trust, they have been greatly appreciated by everyone. The amount of generosity which has been shown during this difficult time by members of our community has been incredible, and has made such a difference.

“For example, as of the end of last week we had received an incredible total of 1142 scrub tops and 1077 scrub trousers from volunteer sources, which has helped the Trust significantly with the shortfall of scrubs we had been experiencing. We also received enough uniform bags, headbands, mask extenders and connection hearts to support all our staff thanks to your generosity.

“To help show our appreciation we would like to put an image together which thanks and recognises all volunteers, sewing groups and local businesses who have kindly donated items to us. We would like the image to read the word THANK YOU, with each individual letter being made up using images of all the people who have donated. We would then like to use the thank you image on the Trust's website/social media, to represent the kindness and generosity of our community and the amount of people that have come together to offer their support to the NHS during this difficult time…

“Please note these photos will be solely for use on the thank you image and not sent elsewhere. For those in sewing groups or part of a wider team who have been sewing and making items, please share this message with all of those who have been involved so we can represent everyone.”

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Liz has told us: “I do hope that EVERYBODY who has had anything to do with the making and supplying of materials, for this venture makes sure that they send a photograph to Pinderfields. The goodwill engendered by the support has been as vital as the finished products.

“Our running total at the moment is: 179 sets of scrubs; 301 headbands; 256 bags and 51 hearts. And my courier David says that when he takes them to Pinderfields they are taken straight up to ICU and they disappear immediately!

“We have also supplied Wakefield Hospice with scrubs and bags as well as a number of care homes with bags.

“Pinderfields still needs them! Well done everybody, don’t forget the photographs.”

Examples of the work done by the Kettlethorpe High School sewing team can be seen in our photo carousel.

Hospice is now £925 better off

Hospice is now £925 better off, thanks to SCA members

THE SCA has donated £500 to Wakefield Hospice to which our generous members have added amounts both large and small to bring the total to £925. Chairman Les Goddard handed a cheque on April 24 to Margaret Smith, chair of the hospice’s Sandal fundraising group (pictured).

The group’s most recent coffee morning had to be cancelled because of the coronavirus crisis and hospice income, like that of other charities, has been hit in many other ways. The SCA has long had a close association with the local fundraising group, including providing them with a page on our website and running their Facebook page. The group has also had a toy stall at our Scarecrow Festivals and was due to have a similar stall at our April Family Fun Dog Show, which we had to cancel.

Sca Cheese & Wine Evening

Tax and Toy Boys go under the microscope

ESTATE planning consultant Steven Sykes pictured (left) with SCA chairman Les Goddard, provided a lighter look at some serious issues at our Cheese and Wine Evening at West Yorkshire Sports Club in March,

His talk, entitled ‘Tax, Care and Toy Boys’, covered topics which included care home costs, wills, trusts, powers of attorney and inheritance tax.

The number of questions that were shot at him showed how much these subjects struck a chord with his audience.

Christmas concert


Junior band entertains a packed house

ANOTHER great SCA Christmas event at West Yorkshire Sports Club! Horbury Victoria Youth Brass Band, led again by the inimitable Ted Greatorex, entertained a full house last December with a programme of festive music. All proceeds were in aid of the Association's Christmas tree fund. The band will be back for December 2020!

Santa's visit

Santa's visit rounds off a great evening

THERE was a splash of festive colour on Barnsley Road after the lights were switched on in November on the Christmas tree provided each year by the Community Association.

Ten-year-old Emannuel Akindele, a pupil at Sandal Castle Primary School, had the honour of pressing the plunger. After the ceremony there was a social at the school where a hall crowded with family and friends heard a school choir sing an attractive festive medley.

There was a visit by Santa (pictured) who provided each child with a small goody bag, as well as listening to their requests Plenty of opportunities for family photos!