THE coffers of two worthy causes have been boosted considerably thanks to the fund-raising efforts of the former chairman of South Derbyshire District Council.
Cpouncillor Ann Hood, who took the chain to all four corners of the district in 2013-14, dedicated herself to raising funds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and the Amputee Rehabilitation Centre (ARC), part of Derby Hospital Trust.
Cheques of £1,950 were presented to representatives from each charity during a ceremony at the council offices, in Civic Way, in Swadlincote.
Joe Bailey, Burton and South Derbyshire life president of the RNLI, said: “I was amazed by the generous donation. Without donations, the RNLI wouldn’t be the charity it is today. I want to express our sincere thanks to councillor Ann Hood and those who helped raise this money.”
The ARC was represented by Senior occupational therapist Jill Thornton, prosthetist Joanne Laws and technician Simon Malin.
Miss Laws said: “We are delighted to receive this kind donation. We hope to introduce a loaning programme whereby we supply temporary equipment.”