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By <b>Harriet Ernstsons Friday 14 March 2014 Updated: 14/03 10:48
A NEW fund-raiser has taken over at the helm of the borough branch of a leading cancer charity.
Philip Roberts has been on the committee for around 18 months but will now replace David Hunt as the Macmillan Redditch Fund-raising Group chairman.
Mr Roberts told the Standard he had become involved with Macmillan after the support they gave his father who passed away following a battle with cancer.
"David will be a hard act to follow. I am hoping to build on the foundations we have already got and increase the number of supporters, particularly the volunteers in the shop," he said.
"We would also like to connect with other people who are fund-raising for Macmillan who might not know we exist. Together we could potentially raise even more."
A total of £750,000 has been raised by the committee over the last 20 years with members now aiming to reach the £1 million mark.
Around half of this comes from their shop on Unicorn Hill, run by Gill Taylor from Astwood Bank alongside about 20 volunteers.
"I have been doin
g it for 19 years. Most of our volunteers seem to have some association with Macmillan," she said.
"We need more volunteers as well as donations of clothes."
New volunteer Sarah Taylor added: "I'm just so proud to be part of this absolutely amazing charity. It's a huge part of my life now and forever will be. It's like being part of an extended family and everyone is so lovely."
Kelly Whitehouse, fund-raising manager for Worcestershire, paid tribute to Mr Hunt, who has been involved with Macmillan for more than a decade.
"The support we’ve had from our retiring chairman of Macmillan Redditch Fund-raising Group, David Hunt, has been wonderful. We’re truly grateful for the hard work of not only David but his late wife and fellow Macmillan volunteer Georgian Hunt.
"David hands the reigns to Philip Roberts and the new volunteers we’ve recruited so far but we do need more hands to help with our fund-raising and awareness activity across Redditch."
Visit www.justgiving.com/team/macmillanghosthunter for more information about the new volunteers' charity event. Anyone hoping to join the charity can visit the shop between 10am and 4pm on weekdays.
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