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Mayor joins Folkestone fundraisers celebrating £3,100 raised

Posted on 8 February 2013

Folkestone’s Town Mayor, Cllr Rodica Wheeler, praised Pilgrims Hospices this week as she celebrated with local fundraisers who were receiving a cheque for £3,100.

The money was raised by dedicated volunteer and craftsman Ron Taber, who, for several years has made a total of 50 rocking horses as raffle prizes to raise money for the charity.

In the past year Ron has been out in all weathers selling raffle tickets at 18 different sites, from supermarkets to town centres. In addition to the cheque presented to the Folkestone fundraising group this week, he handed over an additional £320 from other wooden items he has made in recent months. He plans to continue fundraising this year.

He said: “It’s great to do something useful for the hospice. It is always good to see the joy my horses bring and it keeps me busy.”

Ron is a long-standing member of Pilgrims Folkestone fundraising group which holds monthly coffee mornings at Holy Trinity Church hall in Sandgate Road. There people can make their own contribution by taking part in the raffle, enjoying homemade cakes and buying books, clothes and craft items.

The coffee mornings have been running for 35 years and in the past decade have raised a staggering £195,000 to support local people with life-limiting illness and their families and carers.

Cllr Wheeler attends as often as possible and has got to know many of the group from her visits. She paid homage to Ron and other volunteer fundraisers like him: “I am a volunteer in my community myself as Mayor, so I can appreciate the work volunteers like Ron do. We do it because it’s the right thing and because we want to make a difference.”

She added: “I know people who have had family looked after by Pilgrims Hospices and they’ve had nothing but praise for the care they’ve received.”


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