Lichfield shopping centre event raises more than £1,900 for Macmillan Cancer Support

Visitors to a Lichfield shopping centre have helped raise more than £1,900 for a cancer charity.

Three Spires Shopping Centre was taken over by Macmillan Cancer Support with a street fair, family activities and prizes.

Shoppers also enjoyed a hog roast while children were entertained by Muggy, the Macmillan mascot and had their faces painted.

Samantha Reid and her daughter Amelia

Samantha Reid and her daughter Amelia

Over the past five years the Lichfield and Tamworth Villages Committee has raised more than £80,000 with a wide variety of events, and is now appealing for more volunteers to join them to help hit the £100,000 mark.

This call was backed by shopper Samantha Reid who attended the event with her daughter Amelia and parents Angela and Paul Reid to support her uncle Ian Draper, a volunteer for the charity.

“My uncle got involved with Macmillan Cancer Support after losing several close relatives to cancer in a short space of time,” Samantha said. “He received lots of help and support from the charity and wanted to give something back.

“We hope lots of people will get behind the fund-raising efforts and sign up to volunteer.”

Shannon Stacey and her mum Sarah

Shannon Stacey and her mum Sarah

Sarah Stacey and her daughter Shannon, ten, a pupil at Boney Hay Primary School in Burntwood, had a very personal reason for attending the fund-raiser to show her support.

“I lost my friend Shanaz to cancer this week and when I heard about the Macmillan event I wanted to come down and show my support,” she said.

“Shanaz was just 44 and had received help and support from Macmillan so this is a something that is close to my heart.

“The event was really good, with a great atmosphere. Shannon was happy as she won a big dog teddy on the tombola.”

Three Spires Shopping Centre Manager Lisa Prokopiou added: “We were very happy to support this terrific event for Macmillan Cancer Support and we had a great turnout.

“Cancer is an illness that affects so many people and Macmillan does sterling work in the community. It was fantastic to see shoppers getting involved, having fun and supporting such a great cause.”

People interested in volunteering with the charity can call 01543 444959.”

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