Reaching new heights for charity

Members of the Melbourne Wesley Chapel trustees and David Hebdon, community fundraiser for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Members of the Melbourne Wesley Chapel trustees and David Hebdon, community fundraiser for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Enterprising volunteers from the Melbourne Wesley Chapel Trustees have provided a boost to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance with an £800 donation.

The trustees, who hold a sale of donated items at the Methodist Church every month, were delighted to present the money, 50% of their yearly takings, to David Hebden a community fundraiser for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance this month.

Janet Hayton from the Melbourne Wesley Chapel Trustees said: “A few years ago I was involved in an accident and although I didn’t need the air ambulance I saw how important it was to get medical help to people as soon as possible.

“I also proposed donating to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance because local fundraiser Cynthia Warrington, who passed away this year, was such a great supporter of the cause.

“We’re really happy with the amount raised and we have already decided to donate to the charity again next year.”

The next sale at Melbourne Chapel will take place on 7 December.

It’s not just the trustees who have been doing their bit for charity in the village, The Melbourne Community Lunch Team, who organise monthly lunch meetings, have also raised a significant amount for charity.

Earlier this month the team handed over a cheque for £550 to Martin House Childrens Hospice representative Aase Somerscales.

Martin House Hospice is hoping to raise £125,000 over the next year to provide support to the families of children with life threatening illnesses.