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Lichfield fundraisers aiming to add to £40,000 charity total

An event in Lichfield is being organised to help a group of friends to build on their charity fundraising total of more than £40,000.

The fundraising quest for the Anthony Nolan Trust began in 2007 when a group of city residents walked the Great Wall of China.

A year later they took on the Peru Inca Trail and the latest effort by Bonita Prosser, Cathi Dillon and Lindsey Fosu saw them raise £15,000 on a trek in Vietnam.

Their next challenge is scheduled for December 2011 when they plan to cycle for ten days across India.

Rachel Prosser with her friends at a previous fundraising event

Rachel Prosser with her friends at a previous fundraising event

The fundraising drive began after Bonita’s daughter Rachel was diagnosed with Leukemia ande went on to have a Bone Marrow Transplant.

A spokesperson for the group said:

“It was The Anthony Nolan Trust who found a match for Rachel to be able to have the transplant, as none of her immediate family were a match.

“Without the Trust Rachel would not be here today and for that reason we continue to raise awareness and money for this amazing charity who rely solely on the public to fund the charity.

“Not only do we raise money but a key part of what we do is to raise awareness. This involves getting people to join the register. To join you have to be aged between 18 and 40 and you will then stay on the register until you are 60.

“There are currently not enough people on the register and there are over 7,000 people waiting for a transplant. So raising awareness is vital.”

As well as travelling the world, the group also take part in fundraising efforts closer to home – and they will be doing just that with a Christmas Fayre on November 27 at Saxon Hill School Hall in Lichfield.

A spokesperson added:

“We have a number of exciting stalls joining us on the day ranging from jewellery, cakes, bags, Christmas cards and much more. There will also be a raffle draw and treasure hunt for kids.”

Entry is £1 and free for kids. The event runs from 1pm to 5pm.

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