Macmillan’s March, Chatteris and district fundraisers celebrate record year

Macmillan's March, Chatteris and District fundraising group members in their 'Go Green' t-shirts.
Macmillan's March, Chatteris and District fundraising group members in their 'Go Green' t-shirts.

Macmillan fundraisers have paid a massive thank you to generous supporters in the March and Chatteris area following news of a record-breaking year.

The cancer support charity’s March, Chatteris and District fundraising group has just received news that its fundraising total for last year was £25,411.61 – its biggest annual total to date.

But hopes are already high that 2016 could beat the group’s record again after a hugely successful debut event.

Funds raised during the group’s first ever ‘Go Green’ week in May have been tallied up and a bumper £9,400 was raised.

The event saw several local businesses, schools and organisations awash with Macmillan’s colours, with events including coffee mornings, lunches, raffles, and even fundraising breakfasts at The Ship in Nene Parade.

“The group wants to say a massive thank you to all the people, shops, schools and businesses who supported our ‘Go Green’ week,” said member Josephine Fried.

“It was amazing to see so many different groups getting involved, and shop windows decorated with green.”

The event included the group’s third annual 5km walk around March, which also raised its biggest ever total of £2,517. More than 70 people took part in the walk, which was started by BBC Radio Cambridgeshire’s Johnny Dee in West End Park.

Money raised from the week will be divided between Macmillan services at Peterborough City Hospital and the new Macmillan Woodlands Centre Appeal at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdon.

Funds raised throughout the year help to fund grants for local people affected by cancer, who are struggling to pay the various costs arising from their treatment.