Splash of colour to fund-raising

Morpeth Lions Club members (L-R) Richard Roberts, Jerry Nelson, Simon Pringle, Allen Oakes, Den Gray and Robin Cooper with local Marie Curie Cancer Care organiser, Cynthia Lilburn.
Morpeth Lions Club members (L-R) Richard Roberts, Jerry Nelson, Simon Pringle, Allen Oakes, Den Gray and Robin Cooper with local Marie Curie Cancer Care organiser, Cynthia Lilburn.

A MORPETH community group added some extra colour to help a recent charity collection.

And town residents showed their generous side as local fund-raisers brought in a record amount for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Each year, volunteers pick up boxes of yellow daffodils to sell and members of Morpeth Lions Club are among those to pitch in. On this occasion they were also sporting eye-catching Marie Curie hats.

A combination of collections in the Morrisons store over three days, along with a Saturday Street collection, saw a total of £2,034.27 raised for the charity – over a quarter more than was raised last year.

Morpeth Marie Curie Cancer Care Organiser, Cynthia Lilburn, said: “We have been amazed at the amount the generous Morpeth public has contributed this year.

“We are grateful to the Morpeth Lions Club members as well as our usual helpers who contributed so much to this success. In addition, we thank Morrisons for so kindly allowing us to collect over three days.”

Lions organiser Simon Pringle said: “There can not be many of us who have not been affected directly or indirectly by this terrible disease.

“We are aware of the wonderful work undertaken by Marie Curie, particularly at their Newcastle Hospice, and we are confident that the Morpeth public’s kindness will be well spent.”