MORE than £1,000 has been raised for the Scarborough branch of the Samaritans over the past two years from donations for refreshments at weekly concerts at the South Cliff Methodist Church.
A cheque for £600 was presented to the charity this week – and the same amount was raised last year.
Roy Briggs, the church’s publicity officer, said that it was good that local charities could benefit from the fund-raising – before the Samaritans was selected Action For Children benefited for many years.
Joan Rogers has organised the refreshments for a number of years and this week there was a special presentation to coincide with her retirement from the role.
Mr Briggs said: “She’s been doing this sort of work for a long time – she’s always organised the refreshments team. We thought it’d be nice to also present her with some flowers as a thank you gesture. She’s not one for the limelight but she took it well. She was clearly surprised but delighted.”
The concerts take place every year between June and September and the money raised is donated to the church.