Councillors get in the festive fundraising spirit

Kind-hearted councillors in North Lanarkshire have helped to raise £402 for the Maggie's Centre in Airdrie

Provost's christmas jumper day 2019

And this tally will be doubled to £804 thanks to Sir Boyd Tunnock's Caramel Wafer Match Funding Challenge, which matches any sum raised up to the value of £50,000 until Christmas.

Provost Jean Jones organised this year's raffle and jumper day, which took place in the Civic Centre on Friday 20 December.

She said: "This year we decided that the money raised should go to the Maggie's Centre in Airdrie, which I have had the pleasure to visit twice this year and meet users and hear their stories of why the centre is such lifeline to them. 

"It's a bit of fun for a serious cause and it's good to put political differences aside for such a worthwhile organisation.

"We're grateful to the generosity of Tunnock's who have doubled the amount raised."

Maggie's provides free practical, emotional and social support for people with cancer and their family and friends.

Lorrie Forsyth, Centre Head at Maggie's Lanarkshire said: "we are delighted to have the support of Provost Jean Jones and all the staff at North Lanarkshire Council and in such a fun way with their Christmas jumpers!

"Maggie's relies entirely on voluntary donations to be able to continue to offer our unique programme of support and keep our Centre open for everyone who needs that support. We are pleased to be able to double this donation through the Caramel Wafer Match Funding Challenge helping make this donation go even further and help us to support even more people in Lanarkshire affected by cancer.

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