Fund-raisers fill charity coffers

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CHARITY coffers are bursting at the seams after a fund-raising bonanza.

Fund-raisers in Bury St Edmunds – Church Walks Charities, Young Farmers and the Territorial Army (TA) – handed over more than £10,000 last week to a range of good causes.

Bury Young Farmers handed over a hard-earned £5,000 raised through stewarding at local shows, a firework display and its 48th annual ploughing marathon.

West Suffolk Voluntary Association for the Blind, the Millenium Farm Trust and the St Edmunds Primary School Chicken Project were among the beneficiaries.

Church Walks Charities gave £2,000 to the Suffolk Young People’s Theatre. The performance group stages productions for young people between 14 and 21, with auditions for its next show, Cabaret, being held at Westgate Primary School on May 1.

The donation means that Church Walks Charities has now raised almost £70,000 for local causes through sales of plants and produce and other activities.

Bury’s TA unit presented £2,040 to the East Anglia region of the Combat Stress Charity.

A 90-mile sponsored walk, second-hand book sale and a donation from BT combined to raise the money.

The TA’s recruiting team also raised £2,000 for the Help for Heroes campaign by selling the charity’s wrist bands.