The Poole Fundraising Group, set up by local volunteers to raise funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care is celebrating a second fantastic year. At their AGM and anniversary celebration, the group’s treasurer, Mr Richard Ayres was delighted to report that the total of funds raised during their second year was £28,117.
The Group was launched in January 2013 at the Mayor’s Parlour, hosted by the Mayor of Poole, for the purpose of raising vital funds and awareness so that the 85 Marie Curie Nurses working across Dorset can continue to provide free care to more than 800 people with terminal illnesses in the county each year. The volunteer group have achieved their fundraising total by supporting Marie Curie’s major fundraising campaigns such as the Great Daffodil Appeal and Blooming Great Tea Party, and by organising their own fundraising events and charity collections.
The Group’s Chairperson, Mrs. Val Sawdy said “The aim of our Poole Fundraising Group is to make a huge difference to the local community by helping to raise the vital funds needed to support local Marie Curie Nurses who provide free care to patients, in patients’ own homes, as they cope with terminal illness. We are delighted with our contribution this year of over £28,000 which takes our fundraising total to £45,650 during our 2 years as a Fundraising Group. We would like to thank the 75 local volunteers who have given their time to collect or help at our events and also express our thanks to the public in Poole who have donated so generously. We are keen to welcome new members to our group and look forward to continuing to be an active part of the Poole community.”
The group is currently beginning preparations for the town’s Great Daffodil Appeal collections in March and would be pleased to hear from anyone who would like to donate an hour of their time to collect during this year’s appeal. Volunteers can now book their collection time online by visiting www.mariecurie.org.uk/daffodil. To join the Poole Fundraising Group, or for more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone the Marie Curie regional office on : 01884 703538.