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Ruby anniversary for charity branch

THE Harpenden branch of national children's charity Save the Children Fund celebrates its 40-year anniversary next weekend.

A summer lunch with music by the Harpenden Methodist Church Jazz Band and a dance display by the Ruth Andrews Academy of Dancing will be held on Saturday, July 1, at 1pm, to mark the occasion.

Over the years the branch has raised three quarters of a million pounds to help fund projects to support deprived children at home and abroad.

The group organises events ranging from celebrity golf tournaments, to vintage car rallies, Christmas shops and street collections.

Joint secretary and press officer Eileen Proctor said: "Looking through the branch photo album, faces, hair and fashions have changed over the years, but the need to make a contribution to the fight against child poverty, disease, injustice and violence has always remained the same and sadly, this need is as great today as it was 40 years ago."

Founder members Rita Powlesland and Sinny Buchanan still devote their time to the branch in Harpenden, 40 years after setting it up.

Mrs Powlesland said: "I have supported the charity for many years and have always felt that the work they do really does make a difference to children's lives."

The group is always keen to find new volunteers to join its 100-strong team. Anyone interested in helping with fundraising projects should contact Ms Proctor on .

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