Helping make wishes come true

Cheque pres of �1,220 to A Local wish by Fraser Dawbarns golf day at Tydd St Giles'left to right Tony Cheetham (Managing Partner), Nikki Bantoft, Christina Purcell and Neil John (Partner)
Cheque pres of �1,220 to A Local wish by Fraser Dawbarns golf day at Tydd St Giles'left to right Tony Cheetham (Managing Partner), Nikki Bantoft, Christina Purcell and Neil John (Partner)

A charity aimed at granting treats for deserving local people has been given a major boost this week.

A Local Wish, launched earlier this year by Wisbech business women Christina Purcell of Holiday With Us and Nickie Bantoft of Bantoft and Co, received cheques totalling £2,020 on Thursday thanks to two Wisbech organisations.

The first, a cheque for £1,220, was presented by law firm Fraser Dawbarns and was the proceeds of an inaugural charity golf day held at Tydd St Giles and organised by partner Neil John.

Neil explained the day, which saw 56 players tee off and compete for a variety of prizes including nearest the pin, will become an annual event.

He was delighted with the support given to the day, which concluded with a meal and prize giving and was also impressed by golfer Callum Walker who recorded a net score of 60 - 10 under par for the course.

The second was for £800 and was the proceeds of a lunch held at the home of May turner in Leverington.

Around 40 women attended the luncheon, which was inspired by the success of fundraising lunches held by the women of Gorefield Bowls Club, which have so far raised £1,000 for charities as diverse as Addenbookes’ Hospital’s Kidney Patients Association and Scotty’s Little Soldiers.

May, who provided the food for all the guests, was presented with a bouquet of flowers as a thank-you by Margaret Hunt who helped organise the lunch.

A Local Wish was launched earlier this year with the aim of providing deserving local people with a treat or help.

Christina believes around £15,000 has been raised so far this year and a decision will be made shortly on how the money will be spent although she said £500 will definitely be given to the Robert Smith Fundraising charity which is aiming to provide an electric wheelchair for Walsoken man Robert Smith, who has been left bed bound as a result of two bouts of meningitis as well as suffering from Proteus Syndrome.