A JOINT takeover day between the hospice and Barnsley Football Club raised almost £2,000 in a matter of hours.

In the Yorkshire derby between the Reds and Huddersfield Town on December 4, volunteers from Barnsley Hospice came together to raise as much money as possible - and the bleak weather didn’t dampen their spirits.

Throughout the day, with buckets in the hands of volunteers, the team managed to raise a total of £1,832.57.

Andrew Clark, Barnsley FC head of marketing and communications, said: “Barnsley FC have had an association with Barnsley Hospice for many years, and everyone at Oakwell appreciates just how integral the hospice is to the town.

“We have members of staff who have personal connections to the charity, and over time, our players and coaches have met many patients, and are all well aware of the services provided.

“Anything the club can do to both raise substantial funds and awareness is always welcomed.”

Simon Atkinson, the hospice’s corporate fundraiser, said he was overwhelmed with the success on the day.

“Throughout my years working in the fundraising team, I have seen first-hand what an amazing place Barnsley Hospice is,” he added.

“We are so grateful to Barnsley FC for giving us the chance to use such a fantastic platform to meet supporters whilst raising money that goes towards maintaining and growing our services.”