Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Fireworks organiser gives £500 to hospice charity

THE organisers of Henley’s summer fireworks have donated £500 to the Helen and Douglas House hospice.

THE organisers of Henley’s summer fireworks have donated £500 to the Helen and Douglas House hospice.

Billy Pinches, the event’s president, presented a cheque at the charity’s shop in Duke Street.

He was joined by members of Henley Lions Club, who have helped run the fireworks since he revived them in 2009, and Lady McAlpine, of Fawley Hill.

The money was raised at last year’s show, which drew a crowd of thousands to the Stag and Huntsman field off Marlow Road.

Proceeds from last year’s summer fireworks also went to the Henley Regatta for the Disabled, Wyfold Riding for the Disabled, Headway Thames Valley and Henley Sea Cadets.

Earlier this year, Mr Pinches registered the fireworks’ organising committee as a charity.

Proceeds from the event will continue to support causes in and around Henley. Janet Carruzzo, community fund-raiser for Helen and Douglas House, said: “We’re grateful that they’re supporting us — donations like this make a big difference.”

The Oxford hospice looks after 300 terminally ill patients aged up to 35 per year and needs about £5 million a year in donations.

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