Eye-hospital cheque to help poor

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KIND-hearted fundraisers from Hucknall team have handed over the cash collected at a special event in aid of an historic hospital in Israel.

Members of Hucknall and Linby St John Ambulance joined forces with Hucknall Rotary Club for the event at the Seymour Road Baptist Church in the town.

A raffle and a tombola, plus a spectacles-maintenance session provided by the Hucknall branch of Specsavers, realised £800.

This was topped up by £200 from the Rotary Club, while the £1,000 total was matched, pound for pound, by Santander Bank.

Now the money has been handed over to buy equipment for the St John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem.

The hospital, which has been open for 130 years since 1882, specialises in dealing with sight problems for patients on the West Bank, particularly those who are struggling against poverty.

Frances Smyth, of St John, who gave a presentation focused on the eye hospital at the fundraiser, visited a Rotary meeting to receive the cheque.

Special praise was reserved for Kate White, of the Hucknall and Linby division of St John, which meets at Seymour Road Baptist Church. For she was the driving force behind the event.

Kate’s father, Richard White, is the current chairman of Hucknall Rotary Club.

Mr White said: “It was great to be part of the event. Everyone involved deserves praise for the part they played. The money is going to a great cause.”

n OUR PHOTO shows Frances (right) receiving the cheque from (left to right) Janet and Stephen Archer and Vicki Bainbridge, of Specsavers, Kate White, Richard White and Shirley Gray, of Santander — DISPIC NHUD12-1070-1.