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Could you be the 'new blood' charity needs
5:00pm Saturday 31st August 2013 in News
THEY have raised £300,000 for charity, but now they could use a hand.
The Abingdon branch of Save the Children this year celebrated its 40th anniversary with two of its founder members. Now the eight dedicated fundraisers need recruits.
Anita Morgan, 79, has been branch secretary since 1985. She said: “We have seen some amazing things over the years. It has been good fun.”
The group used to have regular jumble sales in Abingdon market place, but has given up in recent years because, said Mrs Morgan, “we’re all getting quite old to be lifting stuff around”.
She went on: “We are all concerned about what happens next; we don’t have younger people coming in.We need more young people to help out, but their generation have great commitments, they don’t have the time.”
She said her daughter Kerry Butcher had raised thousands of pounds for the branch running the London Marathon in 2004.
Mrs Morgan’s husband Bryan, 78, has been branch chairman for the past 15 years. He said one of the branch’s biggest fundraisers was Oxford University RFC’s annual Major Stanley match in November.
Handing out buckets to volunteers who run around the stands raising as much money as possible at half time, the branch has in the past raised £650 in 15 minutes.
But the branch was not as profitable as it once was. In better days it had raised £30,000 in one year, whereas last year the eight volunteers managed just £7,000.
“Times are hard, but we struggle along,” he said. “We just wait for times to pick up again. People in Abingdon have always been supportive with whatever we do – coming to concerts, buying bingo tickets, dropping money in buckets.”
One of the biggest sources of income last year were Save the Children Christmas cards, which brought in £1,500.
At the branch’s annual tea party in June they were joined by Abingdon MP Nicola Blackwood, who thanked the volunteers for their “important work”.
Save the Children was founded in 1919 by Eglantyne Jebb and her sister Dorothy Buxton. If you could spare some time, call Mr and Mrs Morgan on 01235 529662.
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