Lanarkshire Cancer Care Trust festive draw
A unique cancer charity based in Wishaw raised a staggering £20,169 through an annual Christmas prize draw.
Lanarkshire Cancer Care Trust sold over 20,000 tickets in less than two months, raising enough money to fund their vital services for several weeks.
The charity have more than 100 volunteer drivers who transport cancer patients to and from hospital for treatment free of charge.
Margaret Wragg, who works for the charity, said: “The trust were absolutely delighted with the sum of money raised from the Christmas prize draw.
“It’s definitely the largest amount we have ever raised.
“It will cover mileage costs for approximately eight weeks, allowing the trust to transport somewhere in the region of 3200 patients.”
Last year the draw brought in £13,995, over £6000 under this year’s total.
The money raised is a boost for the charity which, only last year, feared it may have to terminate services following a drop in funding.
Margaret said: “As with every charity out there we are at present feeling the effects of the recession.
“It is so important as a charity, in times like these, that we are pro-active when it comes to fundraising.”
Last year, the trust covered almost 600,000 miles at a cost of £205,572.
A recent survey of patients showed they were very satisfied with the service provided.
One person wrote: “I was treated by everyone with great respect and friendliness and the patience shown by all the drivers, without exception, was outstanding.”
Margaret said: “Our charity is special because it is unique in Scotland.
“We are here to help any cancer patient who lives in the Lanarkshire Health Board area and has no other way or means to get to and from appointments.
“Our service, hopefully, takes some pressure off the patient and their family members.”
John Pentland, MSP for Motherwell and Wishaw, was on hand to draw out the prize-winners’ names.
He said: “20,000 ticket sales shows what a good an worthy organisation this is.
“I think the volunteers and staff are doing a sterling job.”
The £1000 first prize went to Irene Crombie from Hamilton, while other lucky winners won prizes such as a golfing day out, a £100 for Specsavers and a digital camera.
The trust always need volunteers.