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Cookham Society Boost for Elizabeth House

(with thanks to Mike Copland)

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(1 December 2008)

A cheque from the Cookham Society has taken Elizabeth House to within a whisker of the money it has needed to pay for its recently completed extension.  Accepting the cheque for 2,000 from Jean Stretton, Cookham Society president, Mike Copland, who chairs the Elizabeth House fund-raising team, thanked the Society and its members for giving their generous support to an institution which is at heart of the Cookham community

Jean Stretton with Elizabeth House president Wendy Craig

The cheque means that a total of just over 170,000 has been raised or committed so far towards the cost of the extension project at Elizabeth House.  It came in the same week that Cookham's centre for older people gave a 'thank you'  party for all of the individuals and trusts who have contributed to the fund-raising.  Around 100 people attended the Open Day last Saturday and had the chance to look around the new facilities - and also see what work remains to be done.

Front: Mavis Winfield and Elsie Watkins with Wendy Craig and (rear) Jean Stretton and Reg Willsher, Elizabeth House chairman

Mike Copland said that the money raised so far almost exactly covers the cost of the initial extension project.  He added, "We now plan to do some work on the first floor to bring it up to modern standards.  It will be mainly redecorating and carpeting and is due to be completed before the summer.  We do have reserves that can contribute to this additional work but we are always open to contributions if people would still like to get involved".

Front: the two Presidents - Wendy Craig and Jean Stretton; rear - left to right: John Bowley, Mike Copland (both Elizabeth House trustees), Cookham Society chairperson Georgina Kilner, Reg Willsher. We also noted that this line up included four present and past chairmen of the Cookham Society!

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