Ceme­tery has funds boost in last week

Cyprus Today - - NEWS - By YASEMIN GÜLPINAR

THE Bri­tish Ceme­tery Com­mit­tee has seen its funds boosted by nearly 4,000TL dur­ing the past week, to be used for im­prove­ments at the Green­Hill Ceme­tery it main­tains above Karaoğlanoğlu.

The lat­est do­na­tion of 2,000TL was pre­sented on Wed­nes­day at the Deli Café in Al­san­cak, where own­ers Gary and Re­becca Hughes had do­nated to the cause 1TL from ev­ery cup of cof­fee sold dur­ing Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber.

Mr Hughes said the cou­ple had been in­spired to do­nate by the help they re­ceived from ceme­tery com­mit­tee hon­orary pres­i­dent Harry Fel­lows af­ter their daugh­ter had two still­births.

He said: “That was when I re­alised that a lot of the peo­ple do things for all sorts of char­i­ties, from an­i­mals to can­cer, but no­body re­ally does any­thing for these vol­un­teers who run the ceme­tery and they do need the money. They were very hum­ble and quite over­whelmed by the sup­port, which we will con­tinue to give.”

Deputy chair­man of the com­mit­tee Chris­tine Pen­ney said: “We can make use of this won­der­ful do­na­tion for the im­prove­ments we are try­ing to make at the ceme­tery to make it more com­fort­able for vis­i­tors.”

Mr Fel­lows, who ac­cepted the do­na­tion along with the chair­man Si­mon Trim­ble and Mrs Pen­ney, thanked the Hugh­e­ses and asked them to pass the com­mit­tee’s grat­i­tude on to their cus­tomers. He said fur­ther de­vel­op­ment at the ceme­tery could only be achieved through do­na­tions such as this, as the com­mit­tee was to­tally de­pen­dent on fu­neral charges and con­tri­bu­tions from sup­port­ers.

The Hugh­e­ses’ do­na­tion fol­lowed one from ded­i­cated char­ity fundraiser Mar­garet Keenan last Fri­day as she said farewell to some 60 friends — and made fi­nal do­na­tions to two good causes — be­fore leav­ing her Esen­tepe home of 13 years and re­turn­ing to the UK.

A farewell gath­er­ing at Çatalköy’s The Lodge saw Mrs Keenan present cheques for 1,800TL each to the Bri­tish Ceme­tery Com­mit­tee and to the North Cyprus Can­cer Char­ity Trust (NCCCT), which she had been sup­port­ing for many years. Mrs Keenan raised funds for var­i­ous char­i­ties dur­ing weekly bingo ses­sions at The Lodge in the three years that she ran them. The ses­sions, how­ever, will con­tinue to help fund TRNC char­i­ties un­der Ju­dith Selby and Linda Docherty.

“It was a very nice but very emo­tional night,” said Mrs Keenan.

“I was pre­sented with beau­ti­ful gifts by the bingo team as farewell presents and it was great to have ev­ery­one to­gether at the same time. I hope to see them all again when I re­turn for hol­i­days.”

NCCCT chair­man Wendy An­der­son thanked Mrs Keenan for her sup­port over the years in the fight against can­cer in the TRNC.

Ceme­tery Com­mit­tee head Si­mon Trim­ble was also thank­ful, say­ing Mrs Keenan and her team were among those who un­der­stood that the com­mit­tee de­pended on con­tin­u­ous do­na­tions for its work.

The Lodge Bingo Ladies and Mar­garet Keenan (far right)

Pro­pri­etors Gary and Re­becca Hughes (with grand­son Jensen Sharp) pre­sent­ing the do­na­tion to Harry Fel­lows (hon­orary pres­i­dent, Bri­tish Ceme­tery Com­mit­tee) Photo: Brian Joyce

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