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On the way to a magic million

The Millennium Appeal at the Doncaster Free Press has been pushed to an impressive £575,000.

The cash will go to build new facilities at a Doncaster hospice.

The latest boost has come from the town’s market traders who handed over £540 from charity stalls and raffles during Great British Market Week.

Fundraisers also manned a stall at an antiques fair while a group of youngsters held a book sale. And crown green bowlers from across Doncaster raised hundreds of pounds in an annual charity competition.

The appeal was launched in June last year through the Doncaster Free Press and the South Yorkshire Times – the group’s two paid-for titles – and five free sheets.

The Millennium Million Campaign will help pay for Phase II at the St John’s Hospice, which opened in 1992. It provides day care for around 50 patients each week.

The next big event is on a sporting theme, with a one foot square of turf from Wembley Stadium ready to be given away to the reader who comes up with the highest bid.

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