Cancer Research UK stalwart steps down as Wincanton chairman
A charity stalwart in Wincanton has stepped down as chairman after more than 20 years at the helm.
Peter Mitchell, of Sparkford, has left his role as chairman of the Wincanton fundraising group for Cancer Research UK.
He recently led his final coffee morning fundraiser as chairman – and warned the group must secure younger members to survive long-term.
Mr Mitchell, 70, who has also been a committee member for 39 years, said: "I think it's possible to be a chairman for too long. Things can easily get stale and you can eventually run out of ideas.
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"The work of local voluntary committees is changing, and we need a younger group of members who have the ability to get up and go to major fundraising events like sponsored walks. We need new blood.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as chairman. Cancer is a charity that a lot of people can relate to, as virtually everybody knows somebody who has been affected.
"However, I do fear that the committee will cease to exist unless two or three younger members come forward.
"It would be a crying shame. there is certainly a place in Wincanton for a thriving Cancer Research UK committee.
"Castle Cary and Bruton hasn't got a group so our potential catchment area is huge."
Since its formation in 1959, the Wincanton fundraising group has raised more than £375,000.