Women raise money for Great Wall trek

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Two charity fundraisers who are planning to walk the Great Wall of China in April, have held a raffle to help them on their way.

Michelle Clark, of Nursery Avenue, Onchan, is planning to raise money for the Hospice, while friend Margaret Swindlehurst, lives off Richmond Hill, Braddan, is raising money for the Children’s Centre.

They, and the fundraising teams from Hospice and The Children’s Centre, recently drew all 50 winners for their ‘Big 50 raffle’.

Margaret and Michelle have spent the year holding various events raising money for two local charities The Children’s Centre and Hospice Isle of Man.

Both celebrated turning 50 last year which is where the idea of the 50 prize raffle came from.

The pair wrote to local individuals, businesses and companies asking if they would be willing to donate a prize to their raffle.

They had a great response and thanked individuals and businesses for their generosity and support.

Prizes were donated by Averil Davies, Dave Hogg, Kit Nelson, Curphey’s leather shop, Haldane Fisher, Expol, Serene Spa, Isle of Man Post, the police, Gary Wright, Phil Smith Driving School, the Hawthorn pub, Taste of India, The Music Room, Mylchreest’s Motors, Sue Moore, Nu Hair, Up and Running, Heron and Brearley, Sue Fargher, A Skillicorn, Euphoria, Scott Taylor, Great Laxey mine railways, Interior Rehab, Voirrey Quirk, Nicky Davison, Jean Green, Manx inspirations, Bridson and Horrox, Lexicon bookshop, Des Brooks, The Vineyard, Eurocars, John Gill, Talbot Blinds, Robinson’s on the Terrace, Newson’s on the Quay, Zoe Guildford, Shoprite, Suzzanne Graham, Jenny Brown and Linda Swift.

They thanked Roger Watterson at The Copy Shop for his support in designing and printing their tickets

A total of 974 tickets were sold for £1 per ticket.

The raffle is the latest of their successful fundraising events and to date their total raised so far is just over £7,000. This will be equally split between the two charities.

Margaret, who is the service lead for district nurses, and Michelle, an administration officer at Department of Health’s Crookall House, thanked everyone for their support.

Pictured are Margaret Swindlehurst and Michelle Clark with Mark Eastham of the Children’s Centre and two of the winners, Mary Dunne and Julie McLean, who are in the back row and both work for Hospice.

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