AN elderly man has volunteered with a local charity for 17 years to show his gratitude for the care his wife received before her death.

William Hall, of Belmont Avenue, Smithies, has helped fundraise for Barnsley Hospice ever since his wife died at the hospice 18 years ago.

The 78-year-old is now pleading with the public to continue to support the cause in the wake of the lockdown as it is struggling for funds.

“I was inspired to volunteer at Barnsley Hospice after the passing of my wife, who spent her final days with them,” he said.

“They were so wonderful with her and I can’t thank them enough for the support they have shown me for all these years.

“Now I do whatever I can to help them raise money as they’re a fantastic group of people and a wonderful service.”

William not only volunteers at events, but he even started an annual concert with all the money raised going directly to the charity.

“I’ve chipped in on events and have held the annual ‘Hospice Sing’ concert at Mapplewell and Staincross Village Hall.

“Every year we get local performers to come along and perform a small concert, with all the proceeds going to the hospice.

“I also help deposit and collect blue boxes at supermarkets and shops for donations, I just want to support in any way I can.”

William wants to give people an alternative way to donate, and is collecting the cash to deliver to the staff at Barnsley Hospice.

“We have lost around £28,000 by having to cancel the ‘Bubble Rush’ event due to the coronavirus outbreak.

“So I’m appealing to the public to send what they can on a cheque but make sure to sign it to Barnsley Hospice.

“Send the cheque to 65 Belmont Avenue, Smithies, Barnsley, S71 2AR, and I will deliver the envelopes each day to the hospice.

“I’ll continue to volunteer for them for as long as I’m able. I love Barnsley Hospice and I hope we all look after it like they look after us.”