Fundraisers show support to Macmillan Cancer Support

Amanda Bowley presenting a cheque for �6,000 to Macmillan fundraising manager Jamie Davenport with fellow fundraisers and Skegness Mayor and Mayoress George and Julie Saxon
Amanda Bowley presenting a cheque for �6,000 to Macmillan fundraising manager Jamie Davenport with fellow fundraisers and Skegness Mayor and Mayoress George and Julie Saxon

Skydives, donkey rides and boxing matches were just some of the ways Skegness fundraisers helped Macmillan Cancer Support last year.

A series of events held in the town throughout 2014 collected £6,000 for the charity.

The fundraising campaign was organised by Amanda Bowley who lost both parents and an aunt to cancer.

Amanda began supporting Macmillan in 2012 in gratitude for the help the charity had given to her dad Ken Kirton.

Since then, £14,500 has been raised, with the total increasing every year. A cheque presentation took place at Yates’s pub where Amanda works as head door supervisor.

She said: “My Mum Jean passed away 18 years ago and auntie Christine died six years later. Then I lost my Dad to cancer in 2013, he was nursed at home and Macmillan nurses became like a second family. They were always there for us and even attended dad’s funeral. Macmillan were absolutely amazing and I wanted to give some back.

“I started fundraising after Dad was diagnosed and it just escalated from there. Everyone is touched by cancer and that is why so many people are willing to help.”

Events included a charity donkey ride organised by Eptons,of Skegness, baby and toddler photo competition at Nicola’s Nursery World and boxing event hosted by NRG Fitness.

Amanda’s daughter Loretta took part in a charity skydive and her cousin Stephen dressed up as the Honey Monster to collect cash throughout the summer.

Macmillan Lincolnshire fundraising manager Jamie Davenport said: “It has been a pleasure to work with Amanda and the team at Yates’s. The fundraising in Skegness this year has really brought the community together, and the whole town have embraced the charity. I want to thank Amanda, who often treats her fundraising as a full time job, for all her hard work .”