Money raised for cancer charity

Head Chef at The Kirkton Garden Centre, Branda Mutch presented the cheque for �411 to Comunity Fundraiser for Marie Curie Cancer Care, Carolyn Snedden.
Head Chef at The Kirkton Garden Centre, Branda Mutch presented the cheque for �411 to Comunity Fundraiser for Marie Curie Cancer Care, Carolyn Snedden.

STAFF and customers at the Kirkton Garden Centre restaurant have raised over £400 for charity.

The restaurant organised a number of activities and raised £411 for Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Suppliers and businesses donated prizes which were used on a raffle table in the restaurant. The restaurant also held competitions including guess the number of sweeties in the jar and guess the name of the cow.

Carolyn Snedden, a fundraiser for Marie Curie explained how the money raised by Kirkton Garden Centre could be used.

She said: “It costs the charity £20 to put a Marie Curie nurse in a patient’s home for one hour. So the money raised by Kirkton Garden Centre would provide almost three nights of care.”

She explained how important this over night care is as it allows the family of the patient to get a good night’s sleep so they are prepared for the next day.

The restaurant decided to hold the fundraisers as part of the Marie Curie Blooming Great Tea party which has seen people across the country holding tea parties to raise money for the charity. Around 100 tea parties were held in the North East over the summer, with around £14,000 raised in the area for the charity so far.

Marie Curie Cancer Care is one of the UK’s largest charities. They employ more than 2,700 doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals.

The charity provides care to more than 31,000 terminally ill patients in the community and the charity’s nine hospices last year. Around 70% of the charity’s income comes from fundraising.

For more information about the charity and how you can get involved visit www.mariecurie.org.uk.