Four charities benefit from cancer fund

The presentation group with their cheques.
The presentation group with their cheques.
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Year on year Crowland Cancer Fund raises thousands of pounds for different cancer charities.

At a presentation evening with friends, volunteers and supporters, at the British Legion Hall, Crowland, they revealed donations to four totalling £52,000.

Frank Barrett, chairman of Crowland Cancer Fund, said: “A committee sits down to discuss the donations a people write in and nominate charities too.”

Sue Ryder received a cheque for £24,000, St Barnabas Hospice £10,000, Marie Curie Cancer Care £10,000 and Myeloma UK a cheque for £7,000, which following further successful fund raising close to the event meant they revealed an extra £1,000 donation for Myeloma on the night.

Frank said: “When we gave them it they were over the moon. Every body was amazed that evening because no one knew how much each cheque was for.”

Myeloma UK was suggested as one recipient following the death of Ros Knight, former chairwoman of Crowland Parish Council, last year.

For 24 years Crowland Cancer Fund volunteers have run a furniture warehouse and shop from home ware donations. They have a van which collects donations too.

Frank said: “We find it a better way of raising money than going standing with collection pots in the street.

“From cookers, fridges, wardrobes, cabinets or crockery pots and pans we bring away and clean up.”

Following the presentations was a cheese and wine buffet and music by volunteer Thomas Bilverstone.

Frank said: “It’s a way of saying thank you to the general public because that’s where it all comes from, the public donating things.”