Chairman’s event raises cash for volunteer centre
An organisation which arranges volunteers to help residents with a range of tasks and services has been given a £650 boost thanks to a special fundraising event.
Volunteer Link Up was chosen as the beneficiary of a special pie and mash evening held at the Witney Blanket Hall and hosted by Council Chairman Harry Eaglestone.
The Witney-based organisation arranges for volunteers to carry out transport, befriending and practical tasks for those in need of help.
Manager Pat Chirgwin said: “This brilliant donation will pay our telephone bill for a year and that is vital as we spend a lot of time talking to residents and arranging services for them.
“We have more than 1,000 active clients in the District, many of whom are elderly, and the help of our volunteers often means they can stay more independent and remain in the family for far longer.”
Volunteer Link Up has been hit in recent years by cuts in statutory funding and relies on donations from specialist trusts and members of the public, often competing against much bigger organisations.
Cllr Eaglestone said: “It was a highly successful evening and I am delighted the money is going to such a wonderful local cause which is relied on by so many in our community.
“I would also like to thank businesses and individual councillors who made donations to the raffle.”