Beccles parish celebrates successful year of fund-raising

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Beccles parish celebrates successful year of fund-raising

Parishioners of St Benet’s Beccles have gathered to celebrate a successful year of fundraising when they supported buying a Public Access Defibrillator and Guide Dogs for the Blind. Terry O’Brien reports.

On Saturday March 30, 50 parishioners gathered in the Parish Hall to enjoy a delicious Italian meal and celebrate another successful year of fundraising.

Spear-headed by Pam Storey – ably assisted by husband Arthur and her team of committed supporters – we aim to give help to some of our local charities.  Pam organises monthly bric-a-brac stalls at Beccles Market, together with a range of other social events – with various themed meals being ever popular.

For 2018, we worked with the Friends of St Benet’s Primary School to provide a Public Access Defibrillator.  It is now proudly mounted on the hall porch where it can be of service to school and church, as well as the general public, in case of emergency.  

We also committed to support the local branch of “Guide Dogs for the Blind”, and the photo shows the cheque for £875 being handed over by Pam Storey to local Volunteer Organiser Julie Hills, who was supported by Georgina Chambers and her six-year-old guide dog Jacob – with husband Bob, too.

Looking forward to 2019, we were delighted to hear from Fay Baldry, organiser of the Waveney Centre, a very popular social facility in the centre of Beccles. 

It’s a much-appreciated resting spot for tired senior shoppers – and it also provides a range of activities for our (slightly) senior citizens.  Being entirely self-funded, any help we can give will be much appreciated – and Fay assured us of a warm welcome if we wanted to drop in and see what is available.

Pictured above (left to right) Guide Dogs volunteer, Julie Hills; Guide Dog owner, Georgina Chambers, parish fundraiser Pam Storey and Jacob.  Picture by Helen O’Brien.