Findon pulls together to raise £8,557 for heroes

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COMMUNITY spirit plus plenty of hard work has paid off in Findon.

Over the past four months, villagers and business owners have been working hard to raise funds for servicemen and women’s charity Help for Heroes.

And after finishing the campaign last month and counting up the cash, they have just announced they have raised £8,557.

Carol Maidment, who came up with the idea to fund-raise, said: “In about four months we have raised more than £8,000 and that’s largely down to about seven businesses, so that’s much better than we thought we would get.

“We’re only a little village, so I think it’s quite impressive what we’ve managed to do.”

All of the nine fund-raising events were held in Findon village, although some of the sponsorship came from people and businesses in Findon Valley. Events included a pamper night, fun days and a swing night, and were held at The Beauty Lounge, Findon Manor, The Gun, John Henrys, the Black Horse, the Sylvan Oak, The Village House and at Carol and Mike Maidment’s home.

On Monday, Carol and some of the other fund-raisers presented a cheque for the money raised to Gary Neal, from Help for Heroes, at the Village House pub.

Carol, of High Street, Findon, is a fund-raising stalwart, having previously raised £15,000 for the Samantha Dickson Brain Tumour Trust.

It came after her son, Steven, a neuropathologist who had done research for the charity, died suddenly, aged 35, and she decided to raise the money in his memory.

Carol, 66, said: “I chose Help for Heroes because, having lost a son, even though it was not to war, I felt there was a link.

“These are our service men and women, and they do us proud. I think Findon has shown it cares and that we are proud of them. This village has backed me on several fund-raising events, and they never disappoint me with their generosity.

“I would also like to thank all those who came along and supported these events. Although it has been a lot of work it has been a lot of fun, so once again, thank you all very much.”