Ladies present £1,700 to hospice

A GROUP of Wetherby ladies have raised more than £1,700 for Martin House children’s hospice.

The cheque was presented to Martin House staff at the Wetherby Ladies Forum annual general meeting.

The money has been raised throughout the year through a series of events and fundraising activities such as coffee mornings, church fetes and raffles.

Chairman of Wetherby Ladies Forum Lavinia Graham said: “Every year we vote on the charity we want and always try and pick local causes which are close to peoples hearts and this year we chose Martin House, a very worthwhile cause.

“At the ladies forum we are always wanting and encouraging new people to the group, whatever their age or background.”

Lavinia, who is retired has been a member of the forum for nearly five years.

She said: “We always have a very interesting range of speakers, recently we have had a barrister to a blind man speaking about his experiences with his disability.

“The group offers friendship and also interesting and informative talks in a range of places.”

The group meets every second Tuesday – not including August – at St James’s Church in Wetherby at 1.45pm. Membership is £12 a year to join.

Martin House children’s hospice, based in Clifford, provides support to children and young people with terminal illnesses, it relies almost entirely on donations and fundraising to raise more than £4.5 million a year to provide vital care and support for so many local children and their families.