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Friday, 25 April 2014

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Gift of £1,000 will help make Christmas special for Barrow children

THE legacy of an influential Cumbria businessman will light up Christmas for children in needy families.

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making a difference Lieutenant Martin Davison from the Salvation Army receives a cheque for £1,000 from Hal Armstrong on behalf of The Lake District Farmers Armstrong Family Charitable Fund HARRY ATKINSON REF: 50056866B000

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The latest £1,000 donation of The Lake District Farmers Armstrong Family Charitable Fund was presented to the Barrow Salvation Army on Friday.

The money will be used to buy gifts for children in families too poor to provide a special Christmas.

The money is part of £3,000 donated to local charities by the fund this month, set up in memory of Ray Armstrong, a Barrow businessman who lost the battle against cancer in April.

Lieutenant Martin Davison, of the Salvation Army, said: “We have a Christmas gifts appeal every year where we ask the public to donate gifts for needy families. The Salvation Army distributes them as directed by agencies such as the council. The Barrow public are fantastic and very generous, but there is a gap with presents for older children and that’s what the money will be used on.”

A cheque was presented to Lt Davison by Mr Armstrong’s son Hal Armstrong, aged 23.

He said: “It’s fantastic to be able to support local companies and local charities, and it keeps the money in the area.

“It feels good to be able to continue my dad’s legacy, he was a massive influence on the town and they are very big shoes to fill.

“The response since we started the fund this year has been fantastic and we are hoping it will be even bigger next year.”

Mr Davison said the demand for gifts has been greater this year than ever before.

He added: “The money that people would have set aside for a special Christmas is now going on paying for heating and lighting. Folk in the town have responded in a wonderful way but with the demand there are gaps.”

Mr Davison said the money would be specifically targeted at children aged around 10-14, as many of the gifts donated to the public are suitable for younger ones.

He said: “We need presents for children who might be a bit too old for a teddy bear, but who are still young enough to enjoy a special Christmas.”

Another £1,000 recipient will be announced in the Evening Mail next Monday. Money is raised from a celebrity chef event at Clarence House Hotel in Dalton, with plans revealed for next year’s event to be held over three nights from January 31 to February 2.

To buy a ticket call Sarah Earley on 01229 870168.

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