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The Friary celebrates 30th birthday with generous donation

18 July 2018

A Rushcliffe Borough Councillor has helped make a local charity’s 30th birthday even more memorable with a generous donation from his year in office as Mayor of Rushcliffe.

Cllr Barrie Cooper was delighted to present a cheque for £6974.16 to his chosen charity the Friary as it celebrated its 4th decade of offering advice, health and practical support services to those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness from their base in West Bridgford.

Throughout his year in office, Cllr Cooper held many fundraising events including a quiz night, a charity concert with the Opera Dudes and The Stormy Weather Boys and attended hundreds of civic engagements spreading the word of the charity’s work.

Cllr Cooper presented the cheque to the charity on Tuesday (July 17) and said: "The work the Friary does is so integral to helping local people who may be struggling with the effects of homelessness, substance misuse, financial destitution and social isolation.

“When I began my year in office, I wanted to choose a charity where any donations would have a significant and immediate impact to the local area. 

“I am so happy to have raised such an amount enabling them to carry on the brilliant work they do.”

Sam Crawford, Chief Executive of the Friary said: “We were so pleased when we were selected by Cllr Cooper for his chosen charity and we can see that he really values the work we do for local people.

“The amount of money he has raised for us throughout his year as Mayor is brilliant and will really help us reach more people in need of our services.

“On behalf of the charity I would like to thank Cllr Cooper for the support and for presenting the charity with this generous cheque, it’s such a fitting way to celebrate 30 years.”

Visit @theFriary88 on twitter, www.the-friary.org.uk or call 0115 982 5448 to find out more about their services, how to contact them and how you can become involved in supporting their work.