Generous group bows out in style

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A village group, which has spent more than 60 years supporting good causes, has made its final act of goodwill by donating £2,000 to charity.

The Great Cornard Lodge of the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes, known as the Buffs, presented the money to Sudbury charity Helping Hands at Sudbury Town Hall.

The donation is expected to be the last that the group makes. Falling membership numbers has forced it to close.

Jack Owen, chairman of Helping Hands, which raises money for adults with learning difficulties at Sudbury Community Hub and recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, said he was delighted to receive the large donation.

“We have worked closely with the Buffs over a number of years and we are honoured it chose us as its final charity to support,” said Mr Owen.

“We survive on a shoestring budget, mostly from our own fundraising activities, so donations such as this are a major boost and help us to survive.

“It is a great shame to see the Buffs closing as it has done so much for the community over the years and it will be greatly missed.”