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March fundraisers have the right ingredients

Current and late members of March Committee for Children's Charities pictured during their 30th anniversary celebration.
Current and late members of March Committee for Children's Charities pictured during their 30th anniversary celebration.

A charity-minded band of friends who dedicate their time to helping children are hoping to cook up a storm in a bid to reach the £90,000 mark this year.

Women with the March Committee for Children’s Charities have been whipping up tasty treats and delicious dinners for their popular charity events over the last 33 years – and have so far raised a whopping £87,113.

The money has been donated to various local and national children’s charities, as well as individual youngsters, and this year the committee is hoping to smash the £90,000 mark.

Chairman Valerie Topliss said the committee has organised an array of functions, with annual events such as race nights, bridge days and Christmas coffee mornings at Doddington Village Hall.

Last year, its Bridge Day saw 60 people take part in a bridge tournament and enjoy a buffet lunch with various dishes and desserts made by committee members.

Members also baked a whole host of cakes and treats for the coffee morning, with each event raising £1,071 and £1,806 respectively last year.

Mrs Topliss said: “All the food is home-made and members provide it for the events out of their own pocket. It’s something they love doing, and they do a fantastic job.

“We have had a great amount of support from the local community over the years, and without that we wouldn’t have been able to achieve what we have done so far.

“We usually raise around £3,000 a year from our events so hopefully this will be the year we get to £90,000.”

Charities which have been supported in the past include childhood cancer charity CLIC Sargent, Wisbech’s Meadowgate Special School, Milton Hospice, Young People March and Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

The committee also donates money to children who need help with specialist equipment, such as deaf Wisbech youngster Chelsea Compton-Cook, who received funds towards some waterproof hearing aids so she could go swimming.

Mrs Topliss said the committee would love to welcome new members, and also hear from anyone who does not necessarily want to join the committee but would like to volunteer their help at its events.

“Most of the committee members are aged in their 60s and 70s, so to have some younger members would be great,” she said.

Anyone wishing to join the committee or help volunteer can contact Mrs Topliss on 01354 653696 or email: n.topliss@sky.com

• This year’s Bridge Day is being held at Doddington Village Hall on May 15 between 10.30am and 3.30pm. Tickets, costing £15 a head including the buffet lunch, are available from Mrs Topliss.

The Christmas coffee morning will be held at the Village Hall on November 26.

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