More than 80 volunteers took to the streets for Harrogate Takeover Day on Saturday 12 April 2014. Many were there to collect donations while others provided entertainment for town centre shoppers, including Irish dancing displays from Boots staff and performances by the Harrogate Sea Cadets’ band.
The aim of the day was to help raise money to cover the cost of the new Macmillan Welfare and Benefits Adviser working in Harrogate. Phil Bremner, based at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, provides specialist advice to people diagnosed with cancer, carers and their families. In five months, he has helped 143 people, claiming more than £421,000 in benefits and grants for them.
Macmillan Cancer Support is looking to raise £108,000.This will cover the cost of the Macmillan Welfare and Benefits Adviser in Harrogate for the first three years.
Roohi Lupton, Macmillan fundraising manager in Harrogate, said: Thank you to everyone who supported the day, you have helped us take a big step towards our fundraising target of £108,000 in Harrogate. Money raised will help cover the cost of the Macmillan Welfare and Benefits Adviser role, which is already proving so helpful for people living with cancer, carers and families.
Fundraising will continue for the rest of 2014. You can make a donation by texting HGTD99 to 70070, with the amount you wish to pledge, or by visiting www.justgiving.com/harrogatetakeoverday
Any businesses or groups looking to get involved in fundraising for Macmillan can contact Roohi Lupton, Macmillan fundraising manager for Harrogate on 0300 1000 200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org