A CANCER support group which has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds is appealing for help to make sure it can keep helping local people.

The Kington and District Macmillan Cancer Support Committee raise around £10,000 a year by holding a popular autumn fayre, collections at Morrisons and Co-op Supermarkets and four of five coffee mornings.

As the volunteers look forward to their 50th anniversary next year they are appealing for new people to come forward and help.

Secretary Pat Roberts said: “We are looking for new volunteers to help us to run the autumn fayre and man stalls at the October event, which is our main fundraiser of the year. They could also help with the collections and coffee mornings,, particularly in September.

“Our volunteers are wonderful but they are aging and three people retired last year after completing more than 40 years’ service. We need to think of the future.

“It’s not an onerous task, it’s only about four or five meetings a year.

“Everybody knows of friends and family that have had cancer and the money we raise is spent within Kington and district is used for Macmillan services in the area, to pay for the nurses who provide support to families affected by cancer.”

Chairman Terry James said; “The money raised is spent in the area and it has helped a lot of people and their families when they have been very ill. We have a very good group of supporters and volunteers but the more we have the more money we can raise and the more people we can help in the area.”

Anyone who would like to help should contact Pat on (01544) 231000.