Scilly’s Cancer Research Group Beats Previous Year’s Total

stride for life 2012The Isles of Scilly branch of Cancer Research UK has increased the amount of money they raised last year, despite the economic downturn.

Chair of the local committee, Beryl Read, says the group collected over £11,000 through their regular coffee mornings as well as the ‘Stride for Life’ event.

Beryl says the reintroduced Sports and Music festival on the Garrison also boosted funds.

Ladies from charity manned the gates and Beryl says they’d be keen to do that again if it runs this summer.

Beryl praised the islands’ fundraising team, who she says turn up regularly and are incredibly hard working.

And she feels that the charity appreciates their efforts in Scilly. In the last 20 years, they’ve raised £212,000.

The team here have received new banners and publicity material, tied into a national advertising campaign by Cancer Research UK.

All charities are struggling at the moment, says Beryl, and it’s important to let people know what they do.

And she says less than 5% of the funds go on administration, which is much smaller than most large charitable organisations.

They’re expecting to continue with the coffee mornings at Tregarthen’s once the season starts, as well as Stride for Life, although Beryl says the ladies are taking a well-earned break after Christmas.

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