Fundraising legend celebrates birthday milestone after collecting £44k in 60 years (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Fundraising legend celebrates birthday milestone after collecting £44k in 60 years
A FUNDRAISING legend is celebrating his 75th birthday and 60 years of collecting for Cancer Research after personally raising £44,236 in the last three-and-a-half years in Bournemouth.
Gerald Loader, who was diagnosed with bowel cancer 10 years ago, was inspired to start fundraising at the age of 15 after his aunt Alice Hayter died of breast cancer. The Vice President of the Salisbury Committee of Cancer Research UK now wants to thank the people of Bournemouth for their continued support.
He said: “I just want the people of Bournemouth to know how much I appreciate their ongoing generosity over the years and the many donations I have received, often from the same people.
“I have no idea how much I have raised for Cancer Research UK over the last 60 years, but it must be around £1million.”
Gerald turns 75 on September 5 and will be celebrating with a bingo evening in Salisbury on September 7 with around 100 people.
“I am hoping to raise at least £1,000 with this event, I had a party last year and everyone was so generous. The raffle is always popular.”
He currently resides in Trinity Hospital, Salisbury and was recently given the all clear for bowel cancer.
Gerald is a familiar face in Bournemouth Square, and regularly wakes up at 5.30am to ensure he can spend around nine hours collecting outside Obscura cafe.
The most Gerald raised in one month alone is £2,220 and on Christmas Eve 2012 he collected £227.
“I’m definitely not going to completely stop fundraising anytime soon. We are welcoming a new committee this week, so I am going to take them to Bournemouth and show them the ropes.”
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