Barrow fun day helps out lifesaving causes
Last updated at 15:56, Monday, 19 August 2013
DONKEY rides, live music and fairground attractions drew scores of families to a fundraiser in support of two lifesaving charities.
The first ever family fun day in aid of the Barrow Defib Appeal and the Fire Fighters Charity was held in Barrow Park yesterday.
The defibrillator appeal has so far funded more than 35 resuscitation machines across Furness and fundraising efforts are ongoing to provide even more.
The Fire Fighters Charity, which has one of its three centres based in Cumbria, provides serving and retired fire fighters with physical and emotional rehabilitation.
The event received support from Steeles Removals, which sponsored the band stage, and Barclays bank in Barrow, whose staff were on hand to help out.
Organiser and appeal secretary Mark Ducie, hopes the event can become an annual occasion.
He said: “The whole point is trying to get people together and giving whatever money they donate to the Barrow Defib Appeal and the Fire Fighters Charity – two charities that save lives.
“The main thing is raising the profile of the appeal so people know what they’re giving their money to.
“Whatever they donate, they can see the money is being spent on defibs and cabinets which are there on the walls in the town ready to save a life.
“The great thing is, it’s a cause that doesn’t discriminate against anyone. It’s not a charity for any particular people or group. It’s there to help the whole community and people that visit the town and work here.”
Barclays staff Marie Alexander, 31, and Teresa Farish, 56, were there to lend their support, with the bank pledging to match-fund up to a total of £750.
Miss Alexander said: “We do lots of fundraisers at Barclays. Last month I went to Bram Longstaffe Nursery (in Barrow) to help them with a garden, a colleague called Ray Brown recently did the Total Warrior in Shap and we’re doing the Macmillan World’s Biggest Coffee Morning next month.
“It’s about getting in the community and supporting good causes.
“We can do three fundraisers each year, per member of staff.”
First published at 15:21, Monday, 19 August 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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Thank you to the people of Barrow from both charities, inclusive of myself and Di Burns. The day made a fantastic Â£1400.03 so each charity will receive Â£700 with the firefighters charity having the bonus of Â£700 fund matching from Barclays Bank.
Thank you to all who supported the day and see you in 20143!!!!!!!
Although I was involved in the organising the whole day really should be credited to Diana Burns. Without Di the event would never have come together. She really was the vehicle that got us from day one in January to deliverance day yesterday. Well Done DI. You made Barrow proud of you!!!!