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Volunteers raise £1/4 for cancer charity

Newark Advertiser

1093 days ago   Article ID# 1524875
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Cancer Research UK

NEWARK, U K (Newark Advertiser) - The Bingham branch of Cancer Research UK has raised more than £1/4m since it was set up nearly 34 years ago.

Members were presented with an award by the charity to mark their achievement at The Big Breakfast event, which the branch has been holding at the Women’s Institute hall for a decade.

Branch secretary Mrs Sandra Lawless, a member for around 23 years, said: “It is absolutely brilliant. We have always been a small group and I am extremely proud of everyone.

“We will continue to do what we have always done and raise as much money as possible for a worthwhile cause.”

The area’s volunteer manager, Andrea Day, presented the award.

She said the group had always been very modest about its achievements but this milestone was something to celebrate.

“They should be very proud about what they have achieved,” she said.

“This award is a token of our thanks for all the group have done over the years.”

Andrea Day said the charity was the only one in the world to invest money into finding a cure for a disease that will affect one in three people at some point in their lives.

She said £400m was invested nationally per year with around £1.5m invested in Nottinghamshire.

The Bingham branch was set up in 1978 by Mr and Mrs Tony Jarvis with the help of Mrs Meryl Donovan and Mrs Betty Nock, who both still volunteer.

Today, it organises local events such as coffee mornings, concerts, race nights and bazaars as well as taking part in the charity’s national events such as breast cancer awareness month and The Big Breakfast, which this year was attended by more than 100 people and raised £1,155.

Mrs Lawless said: “Thank you to all those who came to support us. As for reaching the £1/4m, we couldn’t have done it without the support of the people of Bingham.”

Mrs Ann Smith, 84, of Porchester Road, Bingham, has been going to The Big Breakfast since it started.

She said the group did a wonderful job.

“It’s marvellous — they are all very enthusiastic and do a lot for the charity,” she said.

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Updated 1093 days ago   Article ID# 1524875

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