Wound-up pit fund to donate £56k to charity

Big-hearted former miners are to donate the entire £57,000 of their wound-up benevolent fund to good causes.

The Thoresby Colliery Benevolent Fund was closed after the recent closure of the pit and this week the thousands of pounds raised over the years was revealed.

Trevor Barker, secretary of the fund told Chad: “It was agreed at an extraordinary meeting that the fund would close on August 8 and once the fund had met all of its obligations any remaining money would be donated.

“For members to donate the money to these deserving charities just highlights the kind hearted way that the mining industry used to work and the kind of people miners are.”

The beneficiaries will be Berry Hill Park Trust, Beaumond House Community Hospice, Thoresby Colliery Retired Miners Party Fund, British Heart Foundation and Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance.

Mr Barker added: “I became secretary of the fund in 2010 taking over from the Dez Hall, who has now passed away.

“Dez should be given a special mention as he was Secretary to the fund for as long as I can remember.”