East Dorset District Council chairman launches charity fundraising programme

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The new chairman of East Dorset District Council, Cllr Malcolm Birr, has launched a fundraising programme for his two chosen charities to support during the year.

Representatives of Marie Curie Cancer Care and Home-Start South East Dorset met with Cllr Birr to hear about his plans to raise money for their organisations, which will include a year-long raffle for a painting of Wimborne Minster specially provided by local artist, Paul Dolman.

Marie Curie Cancer Care provides palliative care which is free of charge to the person having the care, allowing clients to die in their own home with their family around them. All of the money raised in Dorset stays in Dorset.

Home-Start South East Dorset is one of 300 Home-Start schemes around the country but each one is completely self-financing. They have a team of some 90 volunteers who are specially matched to work with disadvantaged families with a variety of problems. Each family receives a visit from a volunteer once a week for a period of up to six months. Last year the local organisation helped 163 families with 422 children.

Cllr Birr already has a number of fundraising events organised, including:
11 June – “Ceremonial Occasions” at the Barrington Theatre in Ferndown. Malcolm Torrent, the Queen’s Bandsman for several years presents a one-man show. Tickets are £7 with all profits going to the charities.
1 September – Miramar Hotel, Bournemouth. A day at the airshow including lunch for £35 per person.
For further details of these events contact Malcolm or Lynne Birr on 01202 895908 or email lynnebirr@talktalk.net.

May 29, 2013 |

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