A FILM telling the story of the ‘unsung hero of Barnsley’ has made more than £700 for Barnsley Hospice after two sold-out screenings.
The documentary, put together by local historian and musician Dave Cherry alongside members of Pogmoor Residents Association (PRA), tells the story of the Pogmoor air crash which saw Second World War Australian pilot Alexander Hollingworth bravely sacrifice himself by crashing his Whitley bomber into a quarry – now part of Pogmoor Rec – and avoid rows of nearby terraced houses.
It was shown by Dave at Shaw Lane Sports Club and Wade Street Chapel in Pogmoor to two sell-out audiences, with proceeds from the night going towards Barnsley Hospice – to the tune of £732.65.
Vicky Stead, community fundraising team leader for the hospice, said: “We are delighted that Dave and the PRA have chosen to support the Hospice in this way.
“Their donation will be spent wisely for the benefit of people across Barnsley.
“As you may know, the hospice has been helping local people for 25 years and during this time our work has touched thousands of lives.
“We are proud to have received the unstinting support of Barnsley people, as it helps us to continue to provide specialist, compassionate care around the clock every day of the year.
“At present we need to raise over £2m each year to cover our day-to-day running costs. We therefore rely heavily on public and corporate donations, legacies and grant-funding plus income from fundraising events and our charity shops.
“The hospice’s core values of comfort, care and dignity are at the heart of our patient-focused service.
“Dave and the PRA’s much-needed donation will help us to continue to make a real difference to local people, including all those little extras which make our care so special.”
Dave has also uploaded the whole film, ‘The Unsung Hero of Barnsley’, to Youtube.