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Anniversary couple complete fundraising challenge

Couple Gill and Chandra Davda had an unusual way of celebrating their silver wedding anniversary – they spent eight months raising cash for charity.

The kind pair handed over two cheques after beating their target of raising £1,000 for every year of their marriage.

Gill, 47, and Chandra, 59, handed two cheques for £13,000 to Severn Hospice and Hope House to celebrate their anniversary on October 18.

The fundraising campaign began in April, with a sponsored rowing challenge. Friends and family have also taken part in collections, the three peaks challenge, a cycling marathon, a curry night, a dinner and dance, a sponsored walk and a Bollywood evening.

Chandra said: “We wanted to do something a bit different to mark our silver wedding anniversary so we thought we would set ourselves the challenge of raising £1,000 for every year we’ve been married, and having lived in Shropshire for over 30 years we wanted to give the county something in return.

“We’ve had a fantastic time organising some wonderful events. We’ve been amazed at the support we’ve received and it’s been lovely to see how the various activities have brought our local community together.

“We would like to thank everyone who has helped us over the past eight months, without their support it would not have been possible to raise such a huge amount.”

Mike Perry, of Severn Hospice, said: “They have dedicated a lot of time and effort to raising money for local causes such as ours and for that we are incredibly grateful.”

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