Charity champion Beryl Slater hits £20,000 mark

Beryl Slater (centre) and colleague Margaret Turner with punters at the fundraiser.
Beryl Slater (centre) and colleague Margaret Turner with punters at the fundraiser.

An Eastwood manager is celebrating after raising £20,000 for several charities over the last 15 years.

Beryl Slater, the manager at Ladbrokes bookmakers on Nottingham Road, started fundraising for Mencap in 2000 after she lost her 22-year-old son, Wayne.

Since then, Beryl, now 60, has raised £20,000 for charities including Breast Cancer UK, Wish Upon A Star and the British Heart Foundation.

The Eastwood resident said that she had fundraised for every charity she could think of, and had no plans to stop in the near future.

She added: “I can’t see myself finishing fundraising until I’m retired.

“I’m just a little one doing what I can.”

Beryl’s charity for 2014 was Prostate Cancer UK which she chose to support after the husbands of two of her friends were diagnosed with the disease.

Throughout the year Beryl’s charity events included a 49 Sweepstake and a Bonus Ball challenge and her latest fundraising venture -The Big Prize Raffle - generated £620 which pushed her total over the £20,000 mark.

Beryl said that staff members and generous customers at Ladbrokes have played a massive part in helping her in her charity efforts over the years.

She added: “My colleagues and the punters have done me proud.

“Their invaluable support and generosity never fails to amaze me and I greatly appreciate their efforts as always.”

To thank all those who dug deep for the cause, Beryl hosted a party and Ladbroke’s employee Margaret Turner and her mum Margaret Martin laid on a lavish spread.

All proceeds from this year’s events have gone to Prostate Cancer UK which supports men who have been diagnosed with the disease by providing specialist nurses, one-to-one support and information leaflets.