Cash boost for group to preserve Stansted

Friends of Stansted Park with the cheque from Waitrose
Friends of Stansted Park with the cheque from Waitrose

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THE Friends of Stansted Park have been presented with a cheque thanks to the ‘token’ efforts of shoppers.

The charity was part of Waitrose’s monthly donations scheme in which shoppers are given a token to donate to charity after spending a certain amount of money.

The Friends of Stansted Park was formed in 1994 after two pre-existing charities decided to merge.

The group has now expanded and has more than 500 members, and is continuing to grow.

Friends’ member Robert Godwin explained the work of the group was vital to the community on and around the estate on the Hampshire/West Sussex border near Rowlands Castle.

He said: ‘What we do with the money from members’ subs and other charity fundraising efforts, is work towards the continued upkeep of Stansted Park, in association with the charitable trust.

‘It is our responsibility to look after the ancient buildings and landscape of Stansted Park and that is something that we take enormous pride in doing.’

Earlier this month, the Friends of Stansted Park were presented with a £300 cheque by Waitrose after being one of the chosen groups in its monthly token campaign.

Chairman Michael Olding said: ‘In recent months a major project was undertaken to restore the external fabric of Stansted’s historic chapel of St Paul.

‘The Friends of Stansted aim to support this essential work and thank the Havant branch of Waitrose and their customers whose generous contribution is helping to preserve a building of great charm and historical significance.’

The group will be deciding exactly what to do with the money at their annual meeting next month.

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