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Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP -

●● MAC­CLES­FIELD Lions has se­lected its new pres­i­dent.

John Wil­liams from Rainow will take the reigns to raise funds that are then do­nated to good causes in the town. With a brass band con­cert, golf day, the Bolling­ton BikeFest and a Swimarathon the club raised and do­nated around £18,000 over the last year. At the han­dover of the chains, out­go­ing pres­i­dent Ch­es­ney Orme said: “The thank you cards we re­ceive not only put a smile on our faces but make the mem­ber­ship of our or­gan­i­sa­tion more and more worth­while.” The club re­cently do­nated funds to two pri­mary schools to en­able them to pur­chase and train in the use of de­fib­ril­la­tors. They also helped to fund the at­ten­dance of chil­dren on a trip to An­gle­sey, that would not have been pos­si­ble be­ing from a sin­gle-par­ent fam­i­lies. Mac­cles­field Lions are on the look out for new male mem­bers aged 18 plus. Any­one in­ter­ested should call 01625 573740. ●● THE Bri­tish Heart Foun­da­tion shop on Mill Street, Mac­cles­field, helped the county raise £777,000 in a year, it has been an­nounced.

The cash will be used to fund life­sav­ing re­search into heart dis­ease.

The money has also en­abled the BHF to fund life sav­ing equip­ment and heart sup­port groups in the area. Mel Davies, BHF area man­ager, says: “We’re truly over­whelmed with the on­go­ing gen­eros­ity of the lo­cal com­mu­nity in Cheshire. We’re so grate­ful to all our sup­port­ers and want to thank ev­ery sin­gle per­son who has joined us in the fight against heart dis­ease.

“Peo­ple of­ten don’t re­alise that the sofa or dress they do­nate to or buy from their lo­cal BHF shop ac­tu­ally raises vi­tal funds and helps pay for any­thing from a de­fib­ril­la­tor for a com­mu­nity cen­tre to a heart sup­port group.”

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