Fundraisers hope foundation will fly

Charitable couple David and Jane Hills with charity mascot Si Kicke

Charitable couple David and Jane Hills with charity mascot Si Kicke

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A SELFLESS couple keen to raise money for good causes have gone one step further and set up their own charity.

Jane and David Hills from Market Rasen have joined forces with a friend on the other side of the country to set up the Paul Francis Charitable Foundation to raise funds for cancer charities.

The foundation – named after the couple’s Cornwall-based leisure resort entertainer friend who has since been diagnosed with cancer himself and is undergoing treatment – came about after Paul, 47, decided he wanted to do more to help good causes.

Former Lions members Jane and David – who have plenty fundraising experience – jumped at the chance to work with Paul, who is inexperienced in this area.

Jane, 59, from John Street, said: “We’re willing to have a charity stall at any type of event throughout the year and will do anything at all to help with fundraising.

“We want to help as many people as possible who are suffering and also help fund research into diseases.

“With the way the economic climate is at the moment, all charities need as much help as they can possibly get.”

The foundation’s main focus will be cancer charities, but it will also give funding to other good causes such as Flights For Life – the charity based at Wickenby Airfield which gives children with terminal and life-threatening illnesses the chance to fly in a vintage aircraft.

Once a year the foundation will decide who to donate their funds to – any charity can apply for funding and their bid will be considered.

Anyone who would like to make a donation can go to Paypal and type in paulfranciscf@btinternet.com or send a cheque payable to Paul Francis Charitable Foundation to David and Jane Hills, Paul Francis Charitable Foundation, 4 John Street, Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, LN8 3BN.

For more information about the Paul Francis Charitable Foundation call Jane or David on 07794 504490.