Charity effort inspired by cancer battle

Richard Harrison who will be doing a charity car wash at The Vine Hotel. L-R Carl Macey - mayor of Skegness, Sue West - treasurer of Skegness Macmillan Committee, Timmy Boxall - helper, Richard Harrison, Steven Hatfield - helper, Jessica Weir - The Vine Hotel fromt of house manager, Dick Edginton - deputy mayor.
Richard Harrison who will be doing a charity car wash at The Vine Hotel. L-R Carl Macey - mayor of Skegness, Sue West - treasurer of Skegness Macmillan Committee, Timmy Boxall - helper, Richard Harrison, Steven Hatfield - helper, Jessica Weir - The Vine Hotel fromt of house manager, Dick Edginton - deputy mayor.

A Skegness business owner is hoping to collect a “bucketload” of cash for cancer care with a charity car wash this weekend.

Richard Harrison, 40, of Diamond Shine Mobile Car Valeting, will be holding the fundraiser at The Vine Hotel, in Vine Road, Skegness, on Saturday, in support of Macmillan Cancer Support.

Richard, a former member of Skegness’ Royal National Lifeboat Institution and coast guard, will be joined by a team of about 20 volunteers in the splash for cash.

Together, they are hope wash at least 150 cars and – backed by a raffle that includes such prizes as a week’s accommodation at a luxury two-bedroom apartment in Tenerife – raise £1,000 for the charity.

Richard, of Skegness, said he was inspired to launch the fundraiser after seeing Macmillan support a friend, who had been diagnosed with leukaemia, and their family.

“They make an unbearable life bearable,” said Richard. “I think they are just invaluable.”

Richard said he originally only expected to raise two or three hundred pounds through the fundraiser, but has seen it grow in scale.

Among those lending their support of the day will be Steven Hatfield, of Pro-shine Valeting – a competitor in Richard’s line of work.

“I think it’s just brilliant he has taken the boxing gloves off, so to speak, for one day,” he said.

Printers J and A International, of Spilsby, are donating t-shirts to the event.

The first car washed on the day will be that of Vine Hotel owner John Biddall who is pledging £100 to the cause.

The event, which will be started by the Mayor of Skegness Carl Macey, will run from 10am and continue, Richard says, until “we’re exhausted, the target is met, or there are no more cars”.

The team is asking for a minimum donation of £5 per car wash.