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Walker Street residents make a difference

Release Date: 04-Oct-2010
The hard work and generosity of residents from the Walker Street retirement living scheme in Thornhill Lees is helping make a difference to the lives of people across Kirklees.
Pat Paterson, Margaret Greenwood, Julie Battison (KNH scheme coordinator), Phyllis Oates, Annie Garforth and Charlotte Stern (Macmillan)

Pat Paterson, Margaret Greenwood, Julie Battison (KNH scheme coordinator), Phyllis Oates, Annie Garforth and Charlotte Stern (Macmillan)

The residents, who range in age from 70 to 90, have been raising money all year for Macmillan Cancer Relief. On Friday, which was also National Older People’s Day, they presented the charity with a cheque for £1407.71.

The money has been raised in a variety of ways, from table top sales and tombolas to raffles and cream teas. Most recently, the residents also took part in Macmillan’s national coffee morning event, which included a rousing game of The Price is Right, hosted by KNH area managers, Ray Ram and Mike Pillinger.

Julie Battison, KNH’s scheme coordinator at Walker Street, said: “cancer is something that affects so many of us, either directly or through people we know, so the residents wanted to do something to make a difference.

“Everyone has done what they can to raise the money and everyone is really proud to be able to give so much to Macmillan to help them carry on the work they do.

“It was very appropriate to be able to do this on National Older People’s Day, as it shows what an active role older people have in their communities.”

Charlotte Stern is the Fundraising Manager for Macmillan. She said: “It was a great event, and the residents of Walker Street got behind us whole-heartedly, helping us raise thousands of pounds to fund our services.

“We would also like to urge those who couldn’t take part in the event itself, to support our work by sending a text to donate around £3 to Macmillan, simply text COFFEE to 70123.

That’s around the price of a coffee and depending on the network we’ll get between the full £3 and £2.67. Those donations will really add up so we’re very hopeful loads of people will buy virtual coffees over the next few days.

This year the charity is hoping to help raise even more money to fund its vital cancer services, from specialist nurses and doctors, to grants and advice for people who have money problems because of their illness. We could not do this without the support organizations like Kirklees Neighbourhood housing.”

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