02:30AM, Thursday 22 December 2011
'Thrilled' community groups were given their share of more than £10,000 as part of the Advertiser Community Appeal during a presentation at the Magnet Leisure Centre.
Groups across Maidenhead gathered yesterday to receive their cheques, which will be used to help fund day trips, group events and Christmas parties.
Generous businesses and organisations donated £10,530.73 to this year's appeal, taking the total amount raised since it began 15 years ago to £221,932.
Cookham-based Copas Traditional Turkeys handed out free turkeys to the town's community groups after the presentation.
"We get a lot of pleasure out of being part of this appeal and supporting the community groups," said Tom Copas, who has been producing Christmas turkeys since 1957.
The Louis Baylis (Maidenhead Advertiser) Trust donated £6,000 towards this year's appeal total.
Baylis Media Ltd chief executive Jeremy Spooner thanked the Magnet Leisure Centre, Copas Traditional Turkeys and the Michael Shanley Charitable Trust for their considerable support to the appeal.
Nicky Hutchinson, donations manager at Thames Valley Adventure Playground in Bath Road, Taplow, said she was 'absolutely thrilled to bits' to receive a cheque for the playground for adults and children with special needs.
"The support this appeal has given us over the years has been just amazing," she added.
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