Calling it a day after raising £62,000

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A national charity has thanked a group of dedicated volunteers who are calling it a day after raising £62,000 over 34 years.

The founding of the Sudbury branch of Arthritis UK saw a group of individuals brought together, but now after volunteer numbers and fundraisers have dropped, the decision has been taken to call it a day.

“Our committee got smaller and smaller, and got older, and we weren’t getting anyone new on the committee,” said Jane Martland, from Borley, one of the group’s founders.

“We were just having one fundraising event a year. We thought it was best to call it a day. It is sad after all this time.

“If anyone wants to take over it would be a good thing.”

The group started after the charity’s area organiser gave a talk at local groups about starting up a Sudbury branch.

All of those interested got together, most not knowing each other, finding out about how to get started.

The next 34 years are history as marathons were completed and planes jumped out of to raise £62,000.

“We have had a lot of coffee mornings,” said Mrs Martland.

There have also been tea party’s held in Borley and fundraising dances held by John Sayers At the Delphi Centre in Sudbury.

In a joint statement the final existing members, Pam Hulett, Muriel Shapley, Judith Kiddy and Jane Martland, wrote: “We have raised over £62,000 for valuable research. We would like to thank all our former members, fundraisers, flag day organisers and collectors, plus the generous people of Sudbury and district without whom we could not have operated.”

A spokeswoman for Arthritis UK said: “We are very appreciative of everything they have done. They will be missed.”