Outstanding volunteers bring in £29,866 via fundraising events

Macmillan fundraiser Joan Forbes and her fantastic team raised nearly �30,000 for the cause last year.
Macmillan fundraiser Joan Forbes and her fantastic team raised nearly �30,000 for the cause last year.

A dedicated team of Scarborough volunteers have raised an outstanding sum for Macmillan Cancer Support from their fundraising activities.

Their events have included traditional coffee mornings, cash collections at supermarkets, raising funds from table top sales and even attending a drag variety show.

These activities raised £29,866 – enough to pay for more than 1,000 hours of care from a Macmillan nurse.

Led by chairwoman Joan Forbes, who has been fundraising for Macmillan since 1992, the Scarborough Fundraising Group members are delighted their efforts have raised such a outstanding sum.

Joan said “I am very grateful for the continued support of my loyal band of volunteers, the residents of Scarborough and the generosity of the general public who have helped to raise these funds.

“Knowing that Macmillan continues to invest in cancer services in Scarborough means a great deal to me.”

Sarah Tuckwell, fundraising manager for Macmillan Cancer Support in Scarborough, said: “We are in complete awe of the total raised by Joan and the Scarborough Fundraising Group in 2016 and are incredibly grateful for their continued dedication, enthusiasm and support.

“This sum is enough to fund over 1,000 hours of care from a Macmillan nurse, providing medical, practical and emotional support to ensure that local people facing the toughest fight of their life, receive the care they so desperately need.”

Joan and her team have already made plans for 2017 and you will find them fundraising at Sainsbury’s on Falsgrave Road on Friday 7 July and their annual event the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning takes place on Wednesday 27 September at the Grand Hotel.

Macmillan Cancer Support is a national charity with local impact, there are around 299 Macmillan professionals supporting people affected by cancer in North and East Yorkshire, including a breast care nurse, palliative care team, benefits advisors, information centres and Macmillan are also investing in advanced care planning coordinators.

If you would like to volunteer or simply find out more, please contact Macmillan’s friendly Fundraising Support Centre on 0300 1000 200.