RESIDENTS at one of our sheltered schemes in Chelmsford have donated £1,000 to Farleigh Hospice and the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance.
Members of the Landers Court Social Club held coffee and cake mornings, raffles and bingo to raise the £1,000 and decided to provide £500 to both charities.
“It is because they both provide such a great service that we decided to split the funds and donate £500 to each one,” said Brenda Wright, Treasurer of Landers Court Social Club, who has lived at the scheme for 12 years.
“All of the residents had a lot of fun raising the money and we are delighted to be able to hand it over to two very worthwhile charities, both of which do tremendous work in our local community,” added Brenda.
Farleigh Hospice Ambassador, Michael Knight, commented: “Donations from the local public mean everything to Farleigh Hospice and the support we receive from people throughout the area is very much appreciated. It’s because the population cares, we can. It is fantastic to accept this cheque from the residents of Landers Court as it means that Farleigh Hospice can carry on providing a vital care and support service to people.”
Essex and Herts Air Ambulance volunteer, Roger Smith, who accepted the donation, stated: “To keep just one Essex and Herts Air Ambulance operational costs an enormous sum of money.
“In fact it costs £270 in fuel for the ambulance to fly for half-an-hour and as it can attend three or more incidents in a day the cost certainly mounts up. That is why donations such as this are extremely welcome.”