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Book boost for Northallerton store's charity effort
2:39pm Friday 1st November 2013 in News
A DEPARTMENT store has marked Breast Cancer Awareness Month by helping to raise almost £2,000 for a local charity.
Barkers, in Northallerton, has been selling copies of a farming memoir to raise money for the Friarage Hospital’s Breast Cancer Support Group.
George Barker, 80, a relative of the firm’s founding family, published his memoirs in May. The book, Cart Horses to Computers, spans his 60 years as a local farmer.
The cause has long been supported by George’s wife Mollie, who herself recovered from the condition in the mid-1990s. A former nurse at the Northallerton hospital until the mid-1960s, she chaired the group for ten years and remains involved as a volunteer.
Several hundred copies of Mr Barker’s book have now been sold, helping to raise £1,103.30 for the Friarage group.
For the last two years, Barkers has provided specialist bra fitting sessions for women who have undergone mastectomy surgery and the service was highlighted with the attendance of an expert from specialist care lingerie firm Anita.
Afternoon teas were also served in aid of the local group and these, together with a tombola and further donations, raised another £816 for the cause.
Mr Barker said: “I am delighted to help the support group so they can continue to help others in their time of need.”
Support group chairman Val Wilson said: “We will aim to use this gift locally, and to this end will liaise with the dedicated breast cancer nurses at the hospital as to the best use for this money.”
* Cart Horses to Computers is published by Richmond memoir specialist Caroline Brannigan at £12.95. It is available at Barkers between now and Christmas while stocks last. Call (01609) 772303, visit barkers-northallerton.co.uk or email email@example.com.
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