Birthday marks £584,000 milestone for cancer fund

Pictured (back) Nikki Allen of St Barnabas Hospice, Charlotte Jackson of Marie Curie, Judith Anderson of Teeenage Cancer Trust, (front) Jo Marriott of Sue Ryder, Frank Barrett of Crowland Cancer Fund, Andrea Cooper of Sue Ryder. SG200315-167TW
Pictured (back) Nikki Allen of St Barnabas Hospice, Charlotte Jackson of Marie Curie, Judith Anderson of Teeenage Cancer Trust, (front) Jo Marriott of Sue Ryder, Frank Barrett of Crowland Cancer Fund, Andrea Cooper of Sue Ryder. SG200315-167TW

A milestone for a Crowland cancer charity has been celebrated with the presentation of more than £50,000 raised during the past year.

The Crowland Cancer Fund celebrated its 25th anniversary at an annual presentation evening last Friday.

Chairman Frank Barrett announced a total of £53,000 worth of donations which were handed over to charitable organisations.

This included £33,500 to Sue Ryder, which is going towards its new hospice, and £8,000 to Marie Curie Cancer Care which will enable it to continue with home nursing.

The evening was held at the Royal British Legion Hall in Broadway, Crowland.

It was attended by friends and supporters of the charity and the presentations were followed by a cheese and wine reception and the cutting of a cake to celebrate the 25-year mark.

Mr Barrett said: “Reaching 25 years is a great achievement. We exceeded what we raised last year in spite of having to pay shop rent and tax and insurance for the van.

“The public is very generous, but we help a lot of families in many ways.”

Since it began, Crowland Cancer Fund has raised more than half a million pounds for all kinds of causes helping cancer sufferers.

An army of volunteers have willingly given their hard work over the years. But it is the generosity of the people of Crowland and surrounding villages that has ensured Crowland Cancer Fund has hard cash to help the causes.

It was Mr Barrett, of Peterborough Road, who started the charity to repay the hospitals that helped him after he was diagnosed with testicular cancer 25 years ago when he was in his 40s. He recovered and he and his wife, Sandra, wanted to do something in return.

Mr Barrett said: “It’s amazing when you think in the first year we struggled to make £1,000.”