Support group bows out with donation

From left, back, Joan Perrin, Derek Perrin, Joan Smith, Mandy Azzopardi, George Azzopardi and Ron Stephens.  Front, Bourne Arthritis Support Group treasurer Bert Robinson, Arthritis Research UK regional fundraising manager Emma Macdonald, Bourne Arthritis Support Group chairman Barbara Robinson, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance chairman Dr Ian Hindle, Bourne Arthritis Support Group secretary Alan Derry

From left, back, Joan Perrin, Derek Perrin, Joan Smith, Mandy Azzopardi, George Azzopardi and Ron Stephens. Front, Bourne Arthritis Support Group treasurer Bert Robinson, Arthritis Research UK regional fundraising manager Emma Macdonald, Bourne Arthritis Support Group chairman Barbara Robinson, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance chairman Dr Ian Hindle, Bourne Arthritis Support Group secretary Alan Derry

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A support group for people suffering from arthritis presented two charities with donations as its final act before closing down.

Bourne Arthritis Support Group which came to an end after 18 years of helping people in the community donated a total of £900 to Arthritis Research UK and the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance.

The group made the presentation at its final meeting at Meadow Close Community Centre in Bourne.

The group raised the money at its regular raffles and collections at supermarkets.

Despite having about 20 members the group was disbanded as it has been unable to attract new committee members.

The group was a place where arthritis suffers could talk about their complaints with people who are going through the same thing and socialise.