A CUDWORTH community group banded together to raise funds for a mosaic to honour a local fundraiser.

Cudworth Businesses and Community Together’s latest project has seen volunteers team up with Simon and Diane Davey from The Star Hotel, based on Barnsley Road, to produce a special mosaic artwork to thank bugler Paul Goose for his tireless charity work during the pandemic.

Paul, who lives in Cudworth, played The Last Post outside his home every night from March to New Year’s Eve last year. The former Light Infantry soldier raised more than £10,000 for the intensive care unit at Barnsley Hospital with his renditions.

The mosaic will be displayed alongside the Remembrance Day mural at the popular venue in the hope it will inspire the community during difficult times. The team’s target to fund it was met in just four days, with local residents and firms - including Hadfield Funeral Directors, which pledged £800 - coming together.

Chris Fox, the chair of the group, said: “Paul has been a shining beacon of hope during these unprecedented difficult times. The community would like produce the mosaic to thank Paul for all his hard work.

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“It’s the least we could do and we’re so thankful.”

Paul, who was surprised with the news earlier this week, told the Chronicle: “I’m completely gobsmacked, it was unexpected and I’m thrilled that people have thought of me.

“I didn’t do the fundraising for this. I did it to help anybody who had been affected in some way by the virus.

“Anything like this is a bonus. I can’t thank residents enough for their support with me. People across the country have donated and shown support and I’m thrilled.

“I can’t wait to see it.”