Ely charity has a bumper festive season raising £3,000 in three weeks

Alan Payton helping Father Christmas

Alan Payton helping Father Christmas - Credit: Archant

During the lead up to Christmas Ely-based charity Lisa’s Fund became very active throughout the county.

Founder Robert Barnes, who set up the fund in 2010 after losing his wife Lisa to stomach cancer said: “We travelled more this year as well as holding events in Ely we also held events in Fenstanton, Cambridge, Newmarket and Wilburton - finally finishing with KDs stunning performance of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Maltings Ely.

“This year I would like to say a big thank you to three new fundraising venues for allowing Lisa’s Fund to raise much needed funds for The Arthur Rank Hospice charity. They are Tesco in Newmarket, Twenty Pence Garden Centre Wilburton also Dan Bell of KD productions.”

In the three and a half weeks leading up to Christmas Lisa’s Fund raised another £3,000 taking the charity’s total amount raise since it was launched to over £130,000.

The new Hospice at Shelford Bottom will be handed over on time in October this year, but the charity still wants to help.

Robert said: “If anyone has any unwanted Christmas gifts for our tombolas, raffles or the famous Pink Wheelbarrow also foreign coins for us to convert into £ sterling please drop them off at Burrows Books in High Street Passage or Premier Travel in Fore Hill Ely.

“I would like to thank all the volunteers for giving up their time and the people of Cambridgeshire for giving so generously.”