Fundraising Media Release

QEH says thank you to Gavin for raising £50,000

A man from Docking has received a special thank you for raising more than £50,000 for patients at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Gavin English was charged by his wife Frances just before her death to sell her clothes to give something back to the Macmillan Cancer Care and Treatment Fund at the QEH.

Since then Gavin has been selling clothes at a car boot sales along with fundraising at supermarkets to have raised more than £50,000 for the Hospital.

Acting Chair David Thomason has presented Gavin with a certificate to mark this incredible achievement.

Gavin said: “To make this amount of money is incredible. The thing I am most proud of is that not a single penny goes on expenses or administration – it all goes to the Hospital.

“I am pleased to have raised more than £50,000 but I never set myself a target. I have noticed that the fundraising total doesn’t creep up, it leaps up!

“People are incredibly generous in their support and donations. One thing I have noticed is that this charity belongs to the people as much as it is mine.

“Frances was the inspiration for this charity as she wanted me to sell her clothes.”

Gavin began fundraising for the hospital just a few months after Frances had lost her battle to cancer in September 2013.

So far this year he has put in an extraordinary amount of work into fundraising by attending 270 car boot sales along 110 supermarket days. Gavin also has a busy run-up to Christmas with another 15 collection days at supermarkets planned.

He has also penned two books about their time together, entitled The Last Waltz and The Last Waltz – The Sequel, with all proceeds also going to the Hospital.

Mr Thomason has praised Gavin for the efforts he has made for the hospital and its patients.

He said: “We would like to thank Gavin and all of the people in West Norfolk, Fenland and North Norfolk for their generous support.

“To raise £50,000 is an incredible achievement but to do this in such a short space of time is astounding.

“It is wonderful that a local person, like Gavin, is supporting the local hospital for the benefit of the local community.”

                                                             —ENDS—

 Pictured are Fundraising Executive Laurence Morlaàs with Gavin English and Acting Chair David Thomason.

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