Chairman steps down, prompting fundraising fears

S39751H13 Chairman Janet Cullen, far right, with some of the committee members and volunteers

S39751H13 Chairman Janet Cullen, far right, with some of the committee members and volunteers

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THE Adur fundraising committee of Macmillan Cancer Support is under threat, due to a lack of volunteers to take over as chairman.

Janet Cullen is stepping down at the end of the year after 17 years in the post and it is feared without a replacement, the committee will fold.

About £250,000 has been raised for Macmillan by the committee since it started many years ago and without it, income from the district would be down by up to £25,000 a year.

Janet said: “I have chaired this committee for 17 years and have really enjoyed it. There is a great sense of satisfaction through raising money in my local area for a cause that I am passionate about.

“Myself and most of my committee have all seen members of our family or friends affected by cancer and we understand the devastating effect this can have and the importance of having Macmillan in the community to make sure that no one is suffering alone.”

She said it was time for someone new to come in, with fresh energy and ideas.

“We have a great bunch of people, all willing to help, but we need someone to come in and lead them,” she added.

Janet is concerned people are put off by the word ‘chairman’, although she had never found it intimidating.

She added: “I worry about the lost income in this area but I cannot carry on indefinitely, so I would like anyone who is interested to get in touch with me or the Sussex fundraising manager to ask any questions.”

Sarah Coxhill, Macmillan’s Sussex fundraising manager, said: “We desperately rely on our committees fundraising in the local community, not just for the money raised but for the support they offer to those who need it both emotionally and by signposting members of the public to our information and contact details.”

Email Janet Cullen at adurmacmillan@ntlworld.com or Sarah Coxhill on SCoxhill@macmillan.org.uk