Burnley charity raises £50,000

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An ARMY of volunteers has raised a staggering £50,000 for a Burnley charity.

Fund-raisers from UK Charity Aid, based in St James’s Street, have clocked up the huge total in just five months since it was formed in June.

The organisation, which supports charities such as Help for Heroes, Barnardo’s and Christie Hospital, raised an amazing £3,000 collecting in Manchester last weekend.

The charity now hopes to recruit even more volunteers to boost their fund-raising efforts.

Peter Quinn, from UK Charity Aid, hailed the hard work of his team and urged more people to get involved.

He said: “Our first collection was in June, and since then we have raised £50,000. We want more people to join us.

“We have amateur singers, guitarists, saxophone players – it doesn’t matter as long as they enjoy themselves.”

The group are out every week in towns and cities across the North-West.

Mr Quinn added: “At the moment there are a lot of people bored, unemployed or looking for a job.

“We can give them a reference for charity work on their CV.

“We have pensioners, youngsters and students. People of any age can collect for charity.”

To get involved, visit the charity’s website at www.ukcharityaid.com.