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Miniature railway raises big sum for hospice
1:10pm Sunday 18th August 2013 in News
VOLUNTEERS from the miniature railway at Coate Water recently held a weekend to raise money for the charity that looked after one of their colleagues at the end of his life.
The North Wilts Model Engineering Society held the weekend early last month to raise money in memory of John Newman, who was cared for by Prospect Hospice.
The Society holds a charity weekend each year, where all proceeds from rides on the miniature railway are donated to local charities. The weekend saw nearly 1,600 people take a ride on the half-mile track, raising almost £2,000 through proceeds and donations, including takings from a portable track at the Stratton Festival, which took place on July 20.
On hand to present the cheque to Prospect Hospice was John’s wife Joyce, along with members of the society.
“John would have been honoured that everyone remembered him this way,” said Joyce.
“He would have been very pleased that the Society were helping to fund the care for others that he received at Prospect.”
“Support from the community is absolutely vital to our work,” said Amy Francombe, Prospect’s Community Fundraiser. “We look after nearly 2,000 patients and their families every year, and this is only possible through out community getting involved in fundraising like this, which provides over 70 per cent of our funding.
“We’d like to thank the North Wilts Model Engineering Society for their kind donation.”
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