Skegness Mayor receives new van for The Butterfly Hospice after a year of community fundraising

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The culmination of a year’s fundraising led by the Mayor of Skegness, supported by the town’s community has reaped the rewards it set out to achieve - a new van for an end of life hospice.

Coun Mark Anderson yesterday received the keys to the vehicle, which he will present to The Butterfly Hospice at tonight’s Skegness Town Council meeting - his final as mayor.

The Mayor of Skegness Coun Mark Anderson with his son Jamie, a sales executive with Thurlby Motors, beside the new van purchased for The Butterfly Hospice.

The Mayor of Skegness Coun Mark Anderson with his son Jamie, a sales executive with Thurlby Motors, beside the new van purchased for The Butterfly Hospice.

Through charity balls, personal donations and the support of local entrepreneurs, more than £15,000 has been raised to purchase the LDV Maxus at a discounted price from Thurlby Motors.

“We set a target and the community has delivered - what a wonderful achievement,” he said.

“Thank you ever so much on behalf of myself, my wife, my family and more importantly The Buttefly Hospice Trust.”

The Boston based palliative care facility asked Coun Anderson to help them in their foremost desire of securing a new van after he chose to support the charity during his mayoral year.

It will be used to collect donated goods from house clearances to be sold at its charity shops, raising yet more money to help it provide terminally ill patients and their families with respite and care during their time of need.

Coun Anderson’s son Jamie, a sales executive with Thurlby motors delivered the van, saying it was a ‘pleasure’ to support such a worthy cause.