COLUMN: Fundraiser Les has a spring in his step at 100

COLUMN: Fundraiser Les has a spring in his step at 100

By Admin | 13/02/2020

COLUMN: Fundraiser Les has a spring in his step at 100


I’M excited to see the first sighting of daffodils and snow drops!

I do like this time of year as it feels like spring isn’t too far away. And talking of spring, I thought I’d share some fundraising ideas for the Rotherham Advertiser readers this month.

Starting out with the Macmillan Mammoth Quiz on February 28. It’s a really fun and easy way to raise money for Macmillan and you can hold your quiz anywhere, from your local pub, to the office or school. Once you’ve signed up, you'll then be sent all the information you need via email with the questions and answers. For more information, please visit

There’s still time to sign up to March for Macmillan. Another very simple fundraiser! We’re asking people to support us in March and do whatever you like! Again, anyone can join in. Schools are signing up and activities like dress down days and bake sales are being planned.

I’d like to wish Les Attoe from Goldthorpe a very special birthday, Les who is turning 100 this month is generously asking family and friends to donate to Macmillan rather than receive gifts. I met Les last year, he told me why he’s chosen to fundraise for Macmillan: “Macmillan supported my family when my son-in-law was diagnosed with cancer back in 2006, we can’t thank them enough for the support we received, it made such a difference at a horrible time. 

“I’ve had four hips and a new knee in recent years, I don’t need anything else! I’d much rather my birthday presents going to someone else in need, I’ve got everything I need.”

Les will be joined by his family and friends in Goldthorpe to mark the momentous day, and Les let me in on the secret to getting to 100, it’s a glass of water every morning. Thanks Les!

We rely on 98 per cent of public donations so without the support of people like Les, we wouldn’t be here to support those who need us. If you would like to fundraise or volunteer, please contact me on 07710 307050 or email

Amy Hebdon is the fundraising manager for Macmillan Cancer Support in Rotherham. Each month she updates The Rotherham Advertiser readers on the latest stories and developments by supporters across the town.