Welwyn Hatfield’s Macmillan committee gears up for centenary fundraiser

MACMILLAN Cancer Support’s Welwyn Hatfield Committee has been going for more than 25 years, last year raising more than �20,000.

And fundraisers will be stepping up their efforts even further as the charity, which has its Hertfordshire HQ in Welwyn, moves into its 100th year.

The WHT has joined forces with the charity in its centenary this year in the hope of raising �100,000.

Not only does the group raise much-needed funds for Macmillan but members also spread the word about what the charity has to offer.

The committee, chaired by Francoise Austin, is made up of eight people who are all volunteers, with some from Tewin and Welwyn.

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Ms Austin told the WHT: “We raise a lot of money, and last year we raised �22,000.”

She added: “We do this by holding various events throughout the year.”

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One such event is the forthcoming quiz at Digswell Village Hall next Friday, February 4, which is likely to attract “80 to 90” people.

A spokesman said: “They [the committee] are a dynamic and lively group and hold a huge range of events, the next one being their quiz next Friday at Digswell Village Hall.”

This year the group has joined forces with their counterparts in Harpenden to organise a Centenary Ball at Tewin Bury Farm, in May.

Other events include Macmillan’s flagship event, the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, open gardens and supermarket collections.

The spokesman added: “Macmillan relies on our committees, fundraising groups and volunteers to help us achieve our aim of reaching everyone affected by cancer.”

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