North Swindon MP Hosts Charity Coffee Morning For Nationwide Marathon Man

Justin Tomlinson MP has hosted a special fundraiser for Nick Bohane, just a week before the Nationwide employee is set to run the London Marathon.

The coffee morning raised over £300 for St. John Ambulance and forms a part of Nick’s efforts to raise over £1,800 for the charity which provides vital first aid and medical assistance. Nick choose St John Ambulance as he has seen first-hand the work they do as his wife Amber is a first aider for the charity.

Nick is now a marathon regular, after successfully completing the run last year and is hoping this year he can raise funds to provide the charity with essential resources like a defibrillator. On top of baked goods donated by Krispy Kreme, Pippin and McDonalds, there was also a raffle with prizes including a trip to Parliament, hosted by Justin.

Justin Tomlinson MP said: “St John Ambulance do a huge amount in our local community and Nick has organised this coffee morning as a brilliant way to give him an early boost with donations. It was a pleasure to welcome local residents to my community office at the Orbital to back Nick’s excellent fundraising efforts. As the community know, my office is always open to residents, free of charge, who want to put on an event for charity. Plenty of tea and cake is consumed, but it’s all for very good causes!”

Nick Bohane said: “I have been doing lots of things to try and boost the donations. I work for Nationwide and we have had a dress down day and last week we held a raffle that raised £300. It is so nice for people like Justin to give up their time on a Saturday but also during the Easter break and I’m really grateful people have come along and entered the raffle or bought a cake. It has been humbling because local companies have been really generous in donating raffle prizes like the Wyvern Theatre and Kidz About. For me, St John Ambulance is one of those charities that goes under the radar. If you go to a concert, fete or any other outdoor event, they are always there offering support and it is those kinds of things that made me want to raise money to go towards training as well as resources and equipment.  If I can raise even £1,500, it can go towards a defibrillator or £60 pays for a training course so if that helps train a person to save someone’s life then I think that is only a good thing.”

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