Julie’s crowned Bucks’ biggest fundraiser

Julie Needle
Julie Needle

A woman who has raised more than £34,000 for Macmillan since her sister died from breast cancer is celebrating after being crowned a top fundraiser.

Julie Needle, who lives in Little Kimble recently added £7,228 to her fundraising haul, making her the top individual fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning.

To raise the most recent money Julie held a coffee morning, but then added an extra treat for visitors by holding an auction at The Swan pub in Great Kimble.

She said: “My sister Jane died from breast cancer 21 years ago and the support of her Macmillan nurse helped her and her family, including me, enormously.

“A lot of people need support from Macmillan when faced with cancer and I wanted to do something to help this fantastic charity.

“I started with sponsored rubs and when I went part time about 15 years ago I saw an advert for Macmillan’s coffee mornings and though ‘I can do that’.

“The first year I invited round a few friends and some of those who couldn’t make it sent donations.

“I raised around £200 that first year and since it’s steadily grown.”

She added: “Last year we had 70 people come along on the day, where we also had a raffle with more than 100 prizes and a number of stallholders who made donations or gave us their profits for the day. I’m already planning this year’s event, which will take place on September 25.”

And Julie was keen to encourage everyone to take part in raising money for the good work that Macmillan does.

She said: “My advice to anyone who wants to raise money for Macmillan is to go to their website. There are plenty of different ways to raise money and it’s a lot of fun along the way.”

Jan Harris, Macmillan’s area fundraising manager, said: “Julie’s fundraising is a fantastic achievement and we are truly grateful for all her support over many years.

“Last year our coffee morning hosts raised more than £160,000 in Buckinghamshire and this year we are looking to raise even more. Stories like Julie’s show how small events can turn into big fundraisers over time.”