Charities flying high after cash boost

RAF Fylingdales cheque presentations to Macmillan Cancer Support and Martin House Childrens Hospice. Pictured, Angie Key(of Serco), Ron O'Connor(Martin House fundraiser), Sally Millington (Macmillan Cancer Support), Martin Hynes(Serco), Sqd Ldr Ian Wright (RAF base commander), Paul Robinson(Serco), Nancy Bone and George Sowersby (Martin House fundraisers). w110814 pic by Ceri Oakes in News
RAF Fylingdales cheque presentations to Macmillan Cancer Support and Martin House Childrens Hospice. Pictured, Angie Key(of Serco), Ron O'Connor(Martin House fundraiser), Sally Millington (Macmillan Cancer Support), Martin Hynes(Serco), Sqd Ldr Ian Wright (RAF base commander), Paul Robinson(Serco), Nancy Bone and George Sowersby (Martin House fundraisers). w110814 pic by Ceri Oakes in News
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TWO charities received a generous cash boost during a cheque presentation at RAF Fylingdales.

Cheques for £3,250 were presented to representatives from Macmillan Cancer Support and the Scarborough Friends of Martin House Children’s Hospice.

The money was raised during various events held at Fylingdales last year including a sponsored walk, car washes, a golf day and raffles.

George Sowersby, from the Scarborough Friends of Martin House, said: “We were delighted to receive this donation - opportunities like this don’t come along very often. This money will go a long way towards what we’re trying to achieve.”

Mr Sowersby explained that the hospice in Boston Spa, which looks after children from Scarborough, needs to raise £4.2 million a year and that this donation will go towards running costs.

He added that nine members of the Friends group went to the presentation and were also given a tour around the site.

Sally Millington, local fundraising manager for Macmillan Cancer Care, said: “It’s a fantastic amount which will make a massive difference.

“We get no funding from the Government so this donation will really help keep us going.”

She added that £191 can pay for a Macmillan nurse for one day including training and equipment.

The charity’s helpline service costs £8,843 to operate each day and helps around 100,000 people a year.