Residents hand over thousands to BARB

PUBLISHED: 15:00 31 January 2012

BARB crewmember Roger Flower receiving a cheque from residents of Trinity Close.

BARB crewmember Roger Flower receiving a cheque from residents of Trinity Close.

Mark Newman

BURNHAM residents have collected more than £5,000 for two local charities by transforming their homes into a Christmas wonderland.

The people of Trinity Close have presented half of their fund to the hovercraft rescue charity Burnham Area Rescue Boat (BARB) and given the other half to the Christine Woodberry Memorial Trust which helps local cancer hospices.

The colourful display, which featured thousands of lights, attracted national TV attention last December and has raised a grand total of £39,742.98 for local charities since 2001 - including £5,003 in 2011.

Resident Paula Payne said: “A big thank you goes to everyone who came to see our display over the Christmas period and for donating to these two good causes. We are delighted with the incredible sum raised.”

BARB shairman Mark Newman thanked the group for their generous donation and said the funds would help towards new equipment at the hovercraft station.

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