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Club raises £10k for four charities

Helping hands: From left, Frank Redfern (Chairman), Gary Quinn (Manager), Steve Pettman, Barry Johnstone, Stuart Birch and Phil Jones

Helping hands: From left, Frank Redfern (Chairman), Gary Quinn (Manager), Steve Pettman, Barry Johnstone, Stuart Birch and Phil Jones

Having pink hair for a fortnight and a sponsored run are just some of the fundraising events that have helped boost the LEP Lifesaver Appeal by £2,500.

St Gerard’s Club on Brownedge Road, Lostock Hall, near Preston, has a fundraising team which helps organise events to raise money for charity.

During 2012, they chose four charities to support and raised a total of £10,000 meaning each of the causes will get a £2,500 share of the money.

As well as the LEP Lifesaver Appeal, the charities which will be benefitting from the money raised are the Alzheimer’s Society, the Rosemere Cancer Foundation and Derian House Children’s Hospice.

Steve Pettman, who is treasurer and on the management committee at the club and is managing director of Almar Services, a manufacturing company in Leyland, said: “About five years ago, we decided we would have a chosen charity each year who we would raise money for and over the years, we have supported the MS Society, Cancer Care and St Catherine’s Hospice.

“A few years ago, we raised £4,000 for the North West Ambulance Service and in 2011, we raised £10,000 for Help For Heroes.

“Last year, we decided we would share our fundraising among a few charities.

“These four charities were chosen after talking to our members and they are all local charities which are close to everyone’s heart.

“We raised the £10,000 through a variety of ways including donations from our members throughout the year.

“I am a runner and I take part in the Great North Run every year and raised £4,000.

“One of the management committee dyed his hair pink for two weeks and raised £800 and the club manager runs a four day beer festival every year and he raised £1,000 through this and the concert secretary runs a weekly game which raised £2,500.

“We are delighted to have raised £10,000.”

 

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