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Veterans club raises £1,100 for charities

TWO local charities have received a much-needed cash boost thanks to the fundraising efforts of the Cumbria Armed Forces & Veterans Breakfast Club.

Carlisle Mencap and the local Survivors of Bereavement By Suicide group have been given £550 each after an event held at the home of breakfast club representative Mark Barrett, which featured a sale of donated goods together with donations for teas, coffees and cakes. The final figure raised was £1,100.

The event was a huge success despite club members, family and friends having to social distance, wear masks, and adhere to track and trace rules during the fundraiser.

Mark said: “It proved to be a really good fundraising event despite the Covid-19 restrictions. Our group usually meets twice a month at venues across the county but obviously we’ve been hit like many others due to coronavirus. But this fundraiser went really well and we are happy to donate the money to two very good causes.”

Phil Taylor, events and fundraising officer at Carlisle Mencap, said: “We are delighted to receive such a wonderful amount – especially in these trying times when fundraising events for charities like ourselves have been severely curtailed. Many thanks to Mark and all those at the breakfast club.”

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