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Mayor is bowled over by the latest donation
EVESHAM is still throwing its support behind the Journal’s Abbey Bell Tower Appeal and in the past week it has received hundreds of pounds in donations.
The amount raised is now more than £26,000 as kindhearted Vale people continue to delve deep into their pockets and organise fundraising events to support the campaign.
In order for work to begin the appeal needs to reach £40,000 and will require £500,000 in total to fully repair and conserve the 16th century building.
This week Evesham mayor Mark Goodge, was “delighted”
to be presented with a donation for the appeal from Evesham Bowls Club for £250.
Bowlers raised the cash at an event in July and invited Councillor Goodge and mayoress Emma Goodge to their headquarters at the Evesham Sports Club Centre, Blind Lane, on Sunday to present their donation.
Coun Goodge, who has chosen the appeal as one his charities to support during his term as mayor, said: “We would like to thank the members of the bowls club for their efforts, as a large amount of this target needs to be raised by the people of the town through events such as these. It is very much appreciated.
“There's still a long way to go before all the funds are in place for the work to this vital piece of Evesham’s heritage, but I’m encouraged by the enthusiasm shown by many local groups and volunteers willing to do their bit to help.”
Pauline Johnson, president of the bowls club, thanked everyone who donated raffle prizes and also to non-members who attended the event.
Another fund-raising event for the Bell Tower, called Folk On, is being held on Saturday at Evesham Working Men’s Club. The evening of music and comedy will also be supporting the mayor’s other charities – Ourside Youth Centre and Caring Hands in the Vale.
Doors open at 6pm. Tickets are £10 on the door or £8 in advance. For more information and tickets visit face book.com/MayorOfEvesham.
A recent concert held by Colin Fisher raised £100 for the appeal.
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