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Children’s charity receives more than £3,000 thanks to Oddfellows fundraising

Oddfellows Trustee Adrian Taylor, Oddfellows District Chairman Brian Harper, Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity Ambassador Zoe Farmer.

Oddfellows Trustee Adrian Taylor, Oddfellows District Chairman Brian Harper, Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity Ambassador Zoe Farmer.

Beds and Bucks Oddfellows have presented a cheque for £3,451 to the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.

The children’s charity was the society’s chosen cause for 2013, with local members raising funds through personal contributions, raffles, and donations at its regular social events.

Following the presentation held at the annual meeting at Woburn village hall, charity ambassador and volunteer Zoe Farmer gave a talk to Oddfellows members about the work of the children’s charity and how the funds will contribute toward hospital developments, research, equipment and helping families.

Each year, the society’s district chairman (Provincial Grand Master) chooses a charity to become the focus of local fundraising.

Brian Harper explained why he selected Great Ormond Street Hospital.

He said: “My brother John was treated there as a child and I have a special fondness for the hospital. He received an outstanding level of care from its teams.”

In 2012 the district raised funds for the St John Ambulance Boats in Northampton and in 2014 members will be raising money for the Willow Foundation, set up by the footballer Bob Wilson in memory of his daughter who died of cancer.

The foundation supports young people suffering from cancer and gives them memorable days out.

For information about becoming a member of Beds and Bucks Oddfellows, contact Sue on 07971 853881.

 

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