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Over £2500 raised by festive loving group of Burwell friends!

30 January 2019

An unusual fundraiser has raised £2581.61 for Arthur Rank Hospice.  James Pryor recently presented a cheque to the Charity after bringing together friends, family and the Burwell community for the ’12 Stops of Christmas; Burwell’. 
On Christmas Eve for the last three years, James and a group of around twenty of his friends - wearing festive jumpers, t-shirts and fancy dress – have made their way around pre-approved stops dotted around Burwell including the Anchor, Five Bells, the Fox pubs and the British Legion.  This year James (dressed as Santa!) and a group of twenty of his best friends invited those who spotted them to snap a ‘Selfie with Santa’!  

Ahead of the evening, the group shared a post on Burwell Community Notice Board on Facebook, explaining:
“For a group of lads born and raised in this awesome village, we would be having a beer on Christmas Eve anyway. It’s been simply amazing to see how generous you all are as we try to make a real difference to people’s lives and have a laugh together by doing so.”

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity was delighted to be the beneficiary of the group’s festive fun this year. Community Fundraiser Bec Beattie, comments:
“We are so grateful to James and his friends for choosing to support us, as well as the Burwell community for being so generous in their support. £2581.61 is a fabulous amount of money to raise alongside a gathering of friends. Just another great example of how ingenious our supporters can be when coming up with ways to raise funds for our essential services.”  

James comments: 
“What stood out to me most to me this year - as we went around the village - was understanding just how many lives Arthur Rank Hospice touches on a daily basis. So many people are affected by life-limiting illnesses, not just cancer, but illnesses that a lot of us don’t fully understand or have heard of.” 

Having presented the cheque to the Hospice’s fundraising team, James was given a guided tour of the Shelford Bottom facility and adds: 
“It was great to have a look around Arthur Rank Hospice’ earlier this month. They have a simply incredible team who are fully dedicated to helping as many people as they can. I’m so proud that by creating this annual tradition, we’ve been able to raise money to help as many people as we can, whilst catching up with old friends and family.”

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity would like to extend its thanks to the community of Burwell for their support of the seasonal fundraiser.  £8.1 million needs to be secured every year, to deliver the Hospice’s services free of charge to patients and their loved ones. Only about half of this currently comes from commissioned income, so the Charity remains hugely grateful to the local community, which contributes the remainder and whose support is critical in helping make every moment count.  

To speak to the fundraising team about holding your own community fundraiser or taking on a personal challenge, please contact 01223 675888 or visit 



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