Mulgrave community supports Macmillan

MEMBERS of Mulgrave Community Sports Association have been working hard over the last year, raising around £5,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support.

They have also raised another £5,000 to help develop the Mulgrave Community Sports project.

Their major fund-raiser was a 190-mile, 12 day coast-to-coast trek undertaken by Dougie Raine, Adrian Wood and Malcolm Lloyd, completed in August last year.

Mr Wood said: “We needed to raise money for the bowling green and we’ve all previously been involved with Macmillan so we wanted to do something for that as well.

“As we are all retired we decided to challenge ourselves, so we came up with the coast-to-coast walk.”

The walk took them from St Bee’s in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay, and the three popular Sandsend men gained a huge amount of support with their exploits.

“We were so lucky with the weather, it went like clockwork”, said former shopkeeper Dougie Raine.

“Then when we got back to Robin Hood’s Bay we had all the families and friends waiting for us, and the crowd was tremendous.”

Half of the money raised was donated to Macmillan and fund-raiser Sally Millington said: “We want to say thank you so much to what they have done.

“It’s only by the support of people who decide to take on challenges and raise support that we can keep going.

“It was a huge challenge that they’ve done and they raised a fantastic amount of money.”

Ivor at the Hart Inn presented the community group with a cheque for £1,000 and Loftus and Whitby Athletic Club also joined in the fund-raising, donating the proceeds of the annual fun run to Macmillan.

The run takes place each year in December and raised about £1,500.