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North East Derbyshire District Council Chairman breaks all fundraising records!

North East Derbyshire District Council Chairman breaks all fundraising records!

A record-breaking £79,500 has been raised by North East Derbyshire District Council’s Chairman for Ashgate Hospice.

Cllr Martin Thacker MBE organised dozens of events during his year in office to raise cash for the good cause - the largest amount EVER received by the hospice from a council appeal!

Cllr Martin Thacker MBE, said: “I’m absolutely over the moon with the amount raised.

“Everyone is aware of the excellent work the charity does in providing specialist palliative and end of life care, as well as support to adults and their families across North Derbyshire.

“I always hoped we could hand over a substantial amount of money to the charity, but this has surpassed my expectations and I couldn’t be more delighted.

“I’d therefore like to thank everyone who helped organise or attend events for helping me raise such a large sum for such a worthy cause.”

Barbara-Anne Walker, Chief Executive at Ashgate Hospice, said: “I can’t express how grateful we are to Councillor Thacker, Jean Spencer, North East Derbyshire District Council and everyone who’s supported the fundraisers over the past 12 months.

“There is no doubt that Councillor Thacker and his team have gone above and beyond in their fundraising efforts – organising fun and exciting events all year round for everyone to attend and enjoy.

“To have raised such a significant amount of money will help us provide care for so many patients and their families across North Derbyshire.”     

The hospice added the figure is 'the largest amount ever received by the hospice from a council appeal'

Dozens of fundraising events have taken place over the last year to bring in the money for Ashgate Hospice, including music events, talks, a talent show, themed nights, markets and craft fairs, tours of stately homes, a Chairman’s special edition gin and much, much more!

Cllr Thacker and Consort Jean Spencer, handed over the cheque during a special presentation event at Ashgate Hospice on Monday 23 May.

At the event, Cllr Thacker praised the hospice for working so closely with him for his fundraising appeal and also the ‘brilliant team’ for all they do in caring for the people who use the hospice’s services.

  • More information about Cllr Thacker’s fundraising events over the past year, can be found here on our website.

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Pictured in the gardens of Ashgate Hospice: Consort Jean Spencer and NEDDC Chairman Cllr Martin Thacker MBE handing over the cheque for £79,500 to Barbara-Anne Walker, Chief Executive of Ashgate Hospice.