King’s Lynn Macmillan group says ‘Thanks a million’ after reaching fundraising landmark

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Officials of Lynn’s Macmillan Cancer Support branch have said ‘Thanks a million’ to their backers after reaching the seven-figure fundraising milestone.

Almost £60,000 was raised by the branch last year, its annual general meeting at the Reffley Community Centre was told.

And that has taken the total amount raised by the group in just 15 years past the £1 million mark.

Group chairman Howard Moore said: “Achieving a milestone such as the £1 million in the last 15 years shows the dedication and hard work put in by an excellent group of mainly ladies.”

Although the total does include a one-off donation of £250,000, the group has still raised an average of £50,000 a year to support cancer care in West Norfolk even when that is excluded.

And Mr Moore has paid tribute to the continuing generosity of local people for the cause.

He said: “One of the great things is, if we’re doing a supermarket collection, the number of people who come up and put notes in and say, ‘You’re doing a grand job’ or ‘You looked after my mother.’”

During the meeting, treasurer Peter Harris gave a breakdown of the various classes of donation given. He further reported that expenses over the year amounted to just 0.1 per cent.

He also thanked Steve Burrell for again examining the books without charge.

Mr Moore also thanked the committee for their hard work over the past 12 months.

He added: “In Norfolk alone 100 people a week will be given the dreaded news that they have cancer, and figures are showing that one-in-two of us are likely to contract it during our lifetime.”

All committee members were re-elected at the meeting and the group’s next major fundraising event will be the “Picnic at the Castle” in Castle Rising in June.

Plans are also being drawn up to mark the group’s 50th anniversary next year. The milestone also coincides with the centenary of the charity’s foundation.

Mr Moore said the branch was planning to write to a “high-profile figure” about the celebrations.