Special thanks from cancer charity

Bill Burnett and his family held a charity night at Shotton Hall in memory of his wife Betty, Fundraising Manager for Macmillan cancer support, Sarah Goldie collecting a cheque for �11,081.92.

Bill Burnett and his family held a charity night at Shotton Hall in memory of his wife Betty, Fundraising Manager for Macmillan cancer support, Sarah Goldie collecting a cheque for �11,081.92.

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CHARITY bosses have thanked a host of organisations and individuals for helping them raise £40,000 in 2011.

Peterlee Macmillan Cancer Support committee bosses have released the latest figures raised by East Durham people to fund vital cancer care.

Harry Bennett, a founder committee member who is also a Peterlee town councillor, said: “We are still hard at our favourite hobby – raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support and in 2011 we had another good year.

“We lost Easington District Council support when the district councils were scrapped in 2009, and prior to this we had great support from various council chairmen to the tune of over £20,000 on some occasions.

“But last year’s figure is fantastic, and we want to thank these kind and generous, fantastic people.”

Among the groups to help boost the coffers of Macmillan in Peterlee were Easington Workingmen’s Club, which raked in £3,500; Bill Burnett, who held a charity bash at Shotton Hall Banqueting Suites in memory of his wife Betty which raised £11,000; the Bonny Pit Lad pub, in Easington Lane, which raised £2,500. A further £2,000 came from former Peterlee Mayor Lillian Wood’s 2009-10 charity fund.

Martin and Sarah Jane Atherton and their family and friends also boosted the cause by £1,335 by doing the Lyke Wake Walk in memory of their dad Bob; Horden Conservative Club raised £1,200; The Oaklands Pub in Peterlee added £1,100 to the appeal; and Peterlee’s Moorcock pub raised £895.

Castle Eden Cricket Club and Deneside Workingmen’s Club in Seaham each collected £800; the Southside Social Club in Easington raised £700; and £600 came from Peterlee Catholic Club.

Easington Workingmen’s Club received the Ken Rowlands Charity Shield for being the social club to raise the most money.

Coun Bennett, 78, said Macmillan volunteers were “thin on the ground” and the organisation, which helped to fund 74 Macmillan nurses in County Durham, costing £180,000 each, is looking for volunteers.

It comes after the Dene Mouth Caravan Park, at Crimdon Dene, on the outskirts of Hartlepool, stepped in to take over the running of 2011’s Boxing Day Dip from the committee due to a lack of numbers.

“We only ask that they can give us 12 hours each in 2012,” said Coun Bennett.

“Not a lot, but good for my small but ageing committee. We hope people can help, mainly in town centre charity collections, market collections or even to have a go at the Boxing Day Dip.”

Anyone wishing to find out more about volunteering can call Coun Bennett on 586 3263.

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