Friday, February 20 sees the culmination of over 30 years’ fundraising for a charity set up to alleviate the suffering of those who have been badly burned and help their recovery as well as assisting their families who experience hardship visiting their loved ones.
Tulip Radio’s Jan Whitbourn, the only one left of the original trustees from Whittlesey, says the fund now stands at over £800,000. The charity has been wound up and the funds are to be distributed at a special presentation evening to be held at the Masonic Hall in Peterborough on Friday, February 20.
Jan says it was hoped the money could go to establish a dedicated unit in Peterborough, but this proved impossible.
Falklands War burns victim Simon Weston is to appear at the event and give a short address before presenting the funds to the Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, where all local burns victims are sent.
The evening takes the form of a dinner with entertainment from Dennis Hannant followed by Simon Weston’s speech and presentation. A raffle and auction is also being held with Alan Porter on the gavel and making the audience laugh. Proceeds will be split between The Royal British Legion and Anna’s Hope, a local charity.
Tickets are available from Jan on 01775 712400.