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Take a look through the last 30 years of history for the Prince of Wales Hospice
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1982: Buy a brick

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1984: Castleford support group launched (pictured here in 1986).

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1985: The half marathon quickly became a stalwart of the Hospice appeal calendar.

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1986: HRH The Prince of Wales meeting Castleford support group fundraisers at the home of support group co-ordinator, Gretta Sharkey.

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1988: On 13th July, Councillor Parkinson 'cut the sod' on the land donated by Wakefield Council. He was flanked by Mike Brown and Hospice supporters who had helped the appeal get to this landmark point.

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1988 - 1989: Work on the Hospice building progresses rapidly.

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1990: The official opening by HRH The Prince of Wales was planned for July 1990, and invitations issued. When the Prince broke his arm, Harry Gration and Richard Whiteley stepped to ensure the event went ahead. 

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1991: Liz Dawn, who played Vera Duckworth in Coronation Street, joined in the tree planting week in March 1991.

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1992: The Piglet Club was launched by Appeals Manager, Winston Cockburn, to raise funds to support the work of the Hospice. Piglet collecting tins went into social clubs across the area and were a big hit!

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1993: In November, HRH The Prince of Wales visited the Hospice. To mark the occasion Nellie Sykes presented him with a painting she had completed while a patient at Day Therapy.

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1994: Julie Bullen and Jeanette Wales accept a donation from West Yorkshire Fire Service.

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1997: Who remembers the Hospice caravan? It's out and about here for a fundraising street collection in Castleford.

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1998: Rachel Barrington becomes the Hospice's first physiotherapist. The same year, the Hospice launched a clinic for people with Lymphoedema, now running in Pontefract, Wakefield and Dewsbury.

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1999: Fundraising volunteer, Olive Larkin, helps the Mayor of Normanton play the Hospice tombola at Normanton Carnival. Stalls like these still raise £1000s for the Hospice thanks to a small army of volunteers.

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2001: Hospice supporters, volunteers and staff enjoyed witnessing the first public appearance for Prince William and Prince Harry on the same polo field as their father, HRH The Prince of Wales, in aid of the Hospice.

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2002: ITV Calendar's Christine Talbot hosted a Ladies' Lunch to raise funds, and visited patients while she was in the area. Christine and her colleagues Duncan Wood and Gaynor Barnes, remain loyal supporters.

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2003: Dennis Lacorriere from Dr Hook performed in a fundraising concert and took time out to visit patients, staff and volunteers at the Hospice. He even brought his guitar.

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2004: Visit by Billy Pearce, pictured here with patient, Freda.

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2005: Jan Tyrell, a bowel cancer patient, created a sculpture of her dream bowel under the direct of Hospice Artist in Residence, Jo Stanley. Jan sadly didn't live to see her art in Leeds City Gallery summer show.

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2006: 35 year old James Walker was admitted to the Hospice for care because of a tumour on his spine. His dream was to marry his partner, Kath. In a matter of days, the Hospice team made his dream come true.

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2007: In September, the newly extended gardens were opened, thanks to local Rotary Clubs. Wayne Lister and John Coxon are pictured with the new wheelchair-friendly path and a summerhouse.

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2008: Paws in the Park sponsored dog walk.

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2009: 23 years after their first meeting at her home, Gretta Sharkey, original co-ordinator of support groups, jokes with HRH The Prince of Wales on his visit to the Hospice.

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2010: Bill Henderson of the Police Darts and Dominoes League presented the keys to another new vehicle to the Hospice. This one was for deliveries from our Furniture Shop in Castleford, helping to raise £10,000s. 

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2011: In June over 400 ladies set off at midnight on a 5 or 10 mile Starlight Walk to raise funds. This annual event raised over £30,000 in 2011. Not bad for a lunch of bananas and bumblebees!

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2012: Daredevil Hospice fundraiser, June Gill, hasn't let age stand in the way of fundraising. As well as a parachute jump, wing walk and abseil, she's completed challenges overseas, including one in the Sahara.

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2013: Some of the Hospice's longest serving staff and volunteers and exceptional supporters attended a reception at HRH The Prince of Wales's home, Clarence House, to recognise their contribution.

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2014: Torrential rain in August caused 2ft of water to flood some of the Hospice. The community's help stacking sandbags, mopping floors, providing meals and more, meant patients didn't need to be evacuated.

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2015: Day Care patient, Jo Megson, and students from The Kings School and St Wilfred's School joined the final pieces of a 1km scarf knitted by the local community to symbolically Wrap the Hospice in Love.

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2016: During the summer, Incare had a major refurbishment. Bedrooms were decorated and furnished to a hotel like standard and the conservatory was turned into an all-weather garden room for families and patients.

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2017: HRH The Prince of Wales paid a visit to meet patients, supporters, staff and volunteers. He was presented with a 30 years service badge and implored everyone to continue their good work at his hospice.

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2018: October marked the opening of the Hospice's first shop in Doncaster. Ten year old Billie-Anne Cunningham is the first customer, served by shop manager, Gill Spencer.

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