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Raffle was a win-win enterprise

27 September 2013


Fun-loving residents at a Southend sheltered housing complex have spent many happy weeks raising money to buy and equip mobile breast-screening units to tour south Essex.

The 43 ladies and gents at Cascades sheltered housing - part of Estuary Housing Association - held a series of weekly raffles when they both donated the prizes and took their chance of buying a winning ticket. One 97-year-old resident, Violet Freiund, never missed a week.

Resident Trevor Needham, who was in the foyer with the books of ticket every day for five weeks, said: "Why wouldn't I get involved? My wife had a few breast cancer scares and I wanted to do what I could to help."

With all his fellow fundraisers cheering him on, Trevor presented a £500 cheque for Southend University Hospital's Bosom Pals On The Road Appeal to community fundraising manager, Kayley Harvey.

She said: "It is quite clear that these raffles have been a lot of fun for all those living and working at Cascades. We are truly grateful to them and to manager Lorraine Shearer for supporting our appeal."



With pic: Ticket seller Trevor Needham handing the cheque to the hospital's Kayley Harvey, with manager Lorraine Shearer on far left.