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By Hannah O’Hanlon

Some of Kintyre’s most dedicated charity fundraisers are looking for volunteers to join their award-winning group.

The Kintyre branch of Macmillan Cancer Support, one of the UK’s largest charities, providing specialist health care, information and financial support to people affected by cancer, needs more people to support its 16 regular volunteers.

Events throughout the calendar raise an average of £12,000 to £14,000 a year.

The group, which fundraised for the Sunshine Room, a palliative care suite at Campbeltown Hospital, hosts two bingo nights and about three coffee mornings a year, including The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning – one of Macmillan’s biggest fundraising events nationally.

Each June, the group has a grand raffle and volunteers also help run a charity competition at Machrihanish Golf Club, where money is raised from a raffle and a club donation.

A big event, usually in November, is Thoughts of Christmas, with two demonstrations and a supper including a glass of wine. It is very well supported, as are all the events, for which the group is ‘eternally grateful’.

The Kintyre branch was represented by a former chairperson at an awards ceremony in York a few years ago, where it was recognised for the work its volunteers do, and the amount of money they raise.

Another awards ceremony for which the group was nominated was held at Buckingham Palace and attended by two committee members.

The money raised is sent to a central Macmillan Cancer Support bank, to support specialist cancer treatment facilities including the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, where many Kintyre people receive treatment, while some comes back to support local initiatives.

Kintyre committee chairperson Wilma Stevenson told the Courier: ‘We really urgently need some new volunteers to help us carry out this worthwhile work for many more years to come.

‘We have a lovely community of regular supporters and it is amazing what we can achieve when we work together.’

Contact Wilma on 01586 553065 find out more about volunteering.

The group’s next coffee morning is in Kirk Street Hall tomorrow (Saturday) from 10am to noon.

Wilma Stevenson, second left, joins fellow volunteers Valerie Graham, Janice Mcshannon and Sheena Ramsay in the kitchen at a previous coffee morning. 50_c38macmillan03