Church bathed in a rainbow of bright colours

Revd canon Owen Page and Overgate's Beth Kaminski tie a ribbon on the Overgate Hospice Rainbow of Ribbons day at St Mary's Church, Todmorden.
Revd canon Owen Page and Overgate's Beth Kaminski tie a ribbon on the Overgate Hospice Rainbow of Ribbons day at St Mary's Church, Todmorden.

Families filled a church garden with ribbons in memory of loved ones as a charity brought one of its annual fundraising events to the upper Calder Valley for the first time.

Overgate Hospice held its Rainbow of Ribbons event at St Mary’s Church, Todmorden, on Sunday.

The event offered people a chance to dedicate a ribbon to somebody special and also view the colourful display in the gardens.

Beth Kaminski, Overgate Hospice’s Calder Valley fundraiser, said: “It was a really good day.

“It was about doing something in Todmorden.

“It’s a trek for people in the upper Calder Valley to get to the hospice in Elland, so we wanted to do something a bit nearer for them.

“People said they don’t often have a chance to get to the hospice, so they were glad we held the event in Todmorden.”

Nicola Dawson, formerly of Hebden Bridge, tied a ribbon in the grounds of St Mary’s in memory of her late mother Jane Dawson-Bailey, who passed away at Overgate Hospice in March.

“As it wasn’t long ago that my mum passed away, it would have been to difficult for me to go back to Overgate,” Nicola said.

“My mum used to place ribbons in the Overgate garden. It would have been too upsetting for me and my son.

“When I heard they were holding the event in Todmorden, I thought that was brilliant as I could still take part.

“It was a lovely atmosphere and the gardens are very pretty.”

Mayor of Todmorden Coun Jayne Booth attended the event to support Overgate Hospice, her mayoral charity.

“I think it’s very important that people support Overgate and other hospices because they do invaluable work not only for the person who has the illness but also for family and friends who are going through the trauma of living with a life-threatening illness,” Coun Booth said.

More than £100 was raised on the day for the hospice.

The event proved such a success that Overgate is planning to hold its “Light up a Life” event in Todmorden in December.

A Rainbow of Ribbons event was also held in the grounds of Overgate Hospice in Elland.