Mirfield women honoured for dedication to charity work

AWARD: Mo Thwaites has been named British Heart Foundation fundraiser of the year. (d23061102)
AWARD: Mo Thwaites has been named British Heart Foundation fundraiser of the year. (d23061102)
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TWO Mirfield women have shown they are in a league of their own when it comes to charity fundraising.

As 63-year-old Mo Thwaites received a national accolade for helping to raise £300,000 for the British Heart Foundation, Katy Graham was honoured for 50 years’ service to the RNLI Mirfield branch.

At the age of 80, Mrs Graham has now decided to step down from the RNLI committee. But she said: “I shall still see all the people who support this worthy cause.”

Mrs Thwaites has been crowned BHF Fundraising Volunteer of the Year. And nobody was more surprised than she was. “I was stunned,” she said. “I never expected it, but it is wonderful and a very proud moment for me.”

Mrs Thwaites scooped the accolade for her 30 years of service to the BHF.

In helping to raise £300,000 over the years, she has organised events including carol singing, supermarket collections, coffee mornings and salmon and strawberry evenings. She even ran the London Marathon in 1990.

Mrs Graham, of Hopton Lane, Lower Hopton, has received a special certificate marking her 50 years’ service to the RNLI.

She had been branch treasurer and, for the last few years, president. She received her honour at a special lunch.

“I just thought it was a wonderful charity to help,” she said. “The men risk their lives and the RNLI gets no Government help at all.

“At first the branch was quite small but now we have flag days and much bigger functions.

“Now, though, I think it’s time to retire from the committee.”

On the RNLI in land-locked Mirfield, she said: “If inland towns didn’t support them, they would not be able to do what they do.”