Celebration to mark 30 years of Burns Unit fundraising

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A special celebration is to be held in Peterborough to mark the end of 30 years of fund-raising for victims of serious burns.

About £800,000 has been raised over the three decades for the Burns Unit Appeal Fund, set up to alleviate the suffering of those who have been badly burned and assist their families.

Originally set up by a group of Whittlesey people, they campaigned for funds, holding coffee mornings, bring and buy sales, dances and other events to help victims and their families.

The funds were added to and invested over the years and now over 30 years on only one of the original trustees remains - Jan Whitbourn.

She said: “The fund now stands at over £800,000 and the charity has been wound up and the funds are to be distributed at a special presentation evening to be held at the Masonic Hall in Peterborough on February 20.

“Falklands War burns victim Simon Weston is to appear at the event and give a short address before presenting the funds to the facility that all local burns victims are now sent, the Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford.”

The celebration and presentation will take the form of a dinner with entertainment from Dennis Hannant followed by Simon Weston’s speech and presentation. A raffle and auction is also being held with proceeds will be split between The Royal British Legion and Anna’s Hope, a Stamford-based charity.

Tickets are available from Jan Whitbourn at Tulip Radio by telephoning 01775 712400.