Great Yarmouth Macmillan group makes 50 years of fundraising

The Great Yarmouth branch of Macmillan was treated to a civic reception in the mayor's parlour as a

The Great Yarmouth branch of Macmillan was treated to a civic reception in the mayor's parlour as a thankyou for their fundraising efforts over fifty golden years. - Credit: Archant

The big 5-0 is a milestone birthday that sees most people reflecting on where they have come from and what's left to do.

And for a Great Yarmouth group of fundraisers it means celebrating all they have achieved - raising an estimated £1m in five decades for Macmillan Cancer Support.

To mark their golden anniversary the committee wants to raise £50,000 with events every month building to a Golden Ball in December, to help them meet their target.

This week as a thank you for all their hard work they were treated to a civic reception at Yarmouth town hall hosted by the mayor Malcolm Bird and his wife Donna.

Founder member Maureen Collins said the branch was formed in 1967 with just three or four people, most of whom - like her husband Bert - were involved with the Lions.

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Over the next ten years they grew and ticked over nicely until Mr and Mrs Collins moved to Norwich.

Things went a quiet for a while, but when they moved back to the borough in 1987 Mrs Collins resumed her involvement, building on all that had been achieved.

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She said: 'We have lots of support and we are only as good as good as the people that support us. The charity has grown and grown. When we started if we raised £20 at a cheese and wine evening we were doing well. Now we are talking about hundreds.'

Despite the frosty financial climate 2015 gave the branch its best year ever, rasing £40,000.

Chairman Michael Muskette said the best thing about the charity was that money raised locally stayed in the community providing nurses, a matron, and support for people throughout Yarmouth and Gorleston.

Sema Hussein, fundraising manager, Norwich and North Norfolk, hailed the branch for its 'fantastic' work, adding: 'They are a very together committee. They are in their 50th year and targeting to raise £50,000 which is incredible. Over £650,000 was put into the area in 2015 and everything these guys raise is put back into Norfolk.'

Store collections and donations via funeral directors were among revenue streams that were funding care locally.

This year's programme of special events starts tonight (Friday) with a celebratory dinner with speakers at the Imperial Hotel.

To find out more or to get involved contact Carol Calver on 01493 730990 or Tracy Cox on 07912 684438.

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