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Dry cleaning chain gives lung cancer charity cash boost
1:02pm Friday 1st March 2013 in News
A NATIONAL lung cancer charity has been given a major cash boost after it was presented with a cheque for £21,000 from a dry cleaning chain.
Patron of the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, Duncan Bannatyne, was presented with the cheque by Paul Ogle, managing director of Johnson Cleaners, in the Darlington store, on High Row.
The money is the result of a nationwide fundraising day organised by Johnson Cleaners that took place in November last year, as part of National Lung Cancer Awareness Month.
A total of 334 stores across the country took part in the fundraising.
Liz Legge, corporate fundraising manager for the charity, said: “Fundraising is so important and we are really lucky as money like this doesn’t just drop through the door.
"The support from all the stores across the country has been brilliant and they have worked so hard.
“The money will go far in helping more than 40,000 who have lung cancer. The Darlington store raised £104 which is fantastic for quite a small shop.”
The foundation is the only charity in the UK that is wholly dedicated to the defeat of lung cancer.
Mr Bannatyne is a passionate anti-smoking campaigner and has been patron for the charity for about three years.
He said: “It is a great organisation and the work they do is fantastic – I am very proud to be supporting them.
“We must get the message across about how dangerous smoking is.”
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