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Thursday, 24 July 2014

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West Cumbrian Golden Girls top £20,000 for charities

A group of West Cumbrian women, who call themselves the Golden Girls, have raised £20,000 for charity in six years.

HOSPICE HELPERS: Five of the Golden Girls at their ladies’ day charity event earlier this month. They raised £5,900 in 2012 to be split between Hospice at Home West Cumbria and Cancer Research UK, bringing their total fund-raising to £20,000 in the last six years. From left: Pauline Sharp, Marion Hucknall, Kath Webster, Barbara Macleod and Dawn Ousby, both from Hospice at Home, Irene Maxwell and Ellen Wallace

About £10,000 has gone to Cancer Research UK and the remainder of the cash has been donated to other charities.

The eight friends are Marion Hucknall, 74, of Ennerdale Avenue, Workington, Irene Maxwell, 60, of Thorncroft Court, Ellen Wallace, 60, of Thorncroft Gardens, Kath Webster, of Craig Road, and Iris Guillane, 56, of Douglas Road, all Workington, Pauline Sharp, of Broughton Moor, and Pauline and Jean Petre, 73, of Billingham, Tees-side.

This year they chose Hospice at Home West Cumbria as their second charity and raised almost £6,000 for the two causes.

They recently held a ladies’ day event at Workington’s John Street Club, which included a buffet and entertainment.

They have also packed bags in return for donations at the town’s Asda and Marks & Spencer stores.

The Golden Girls decided to raise funds because they had all been touched by cancer in some way.

They have also raised cash for the Great North Air Ambulance and the intensive care unit of Whitehaven’s West Cumberland Hospital.

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