Cash boost for council’s chosen charities

ST JOHN Ambulance and Helen Rollason Cancer Charity were this year’s recipients of Braintree District Council’s Chairman’s charity fund.

At the full council meeting on Monday April 16 each charity received a cheque for �2,570. Fund-raising events included the chairman’s charity golf day which raised in excess of �3,660 thanks to sponsorship from local companies; a generous donation of �500 from Braintree Bowls Club, and contributions from various fund-raising efforts by council staff.

On behalf of St. John Ambulance, Jack Bayford, unit leader and Michelle Bayford accepted the �2,570 cheque. Mr Bayford thanked the chairman who announced that the money will go towards the cost of a new ambulance.

Angela Lodge, head of fundraising, at Helen Rollason Cancer Charity accepted the �2,570 cheque on behalf of the charity. The money will be used to provide therapies to complement patients’ cancer treatment, including counselling, aromatherapy and massage at the Cancer Support Centre.

Angela Lodge thanked the chairman and said that a new centre will be opening in Hatfield Peverel.