Local Funeral Director pledges to undertake 50 good deeds

Local Funeral Director searches for causes in need of a helping hand

A funeral director from Wiltshire has chosen an unusual way to celebrate reaching his 50th birthday, by pledging to undertake 50 good deeds in 50 days.

Paul McDonald and the team at C. S. Bowyer funeral directors in Bradford-on-Avon are encouraging local residents to nominate deserving causes or people in need of a helping hand over the next few weeks. From the nominations, 50 will be chosen for Paul to help in the ‘Anneka Rice’ style challenge, which he hopes will bring a greater sense of community spirit to the town.

Commenting on the pledge, Paul said: “The team at C. S. Bowyer are all behind me and think it’s a great idea. Our doors are always open for local people to come and meet us, but over the next few weeks, we are encouraging residents to come forward with suggestions of causes to support.

“This can be anything from an elderly neighbour in need of help with their shopping, a local school or church looking for volunteers to help at an event, or a charity or organisation that would benefit from having a bit of extra man power in fundraising. While we are not going to be able to rebuild a house or redecorate a whole school in 50 days like they do on the telly, I am hoping there will be certain tasks that can be done which will make life easier for other people.”

As well as looking to help members of the community, charities, schools and local organisations, the team is also appealing for 49 volunteers from within the community to help Paul complete his challenge. His team of volunteers will be made up of local people, both young and old, all with the common goal of helping others by taking part.

“Not only is the 50 day challenge a great opportunity for everyone in the region to do a little bit of good by donating some of their time towards either all or just one of the 50 projects, but it is also a great way to meet new people and find out about all the great causes and organisations we have helping the people of Bradford-on-Avon,” continued Paul.

Paul made the decision to help the community after his milestone birthday in October last year and will start his 50 day challenge once residents have made their nominations.

“As a funeral director, as well as being a publican for many years ago, getting to know people in the community is second nature to me. Our team at C. S. Bowyer often run community events, but this is my chance to personally contribute to the lives of 50 people in the region, while celebrating my 50th year.” concluded Paul.Residents interested in helping Paul as a volunteer can find out more by visiting the team at C. S. Bowyer at 2 The Bullpit in Bradford-on-Avon. Local residents are also being encouraged to nominate charities and deserving causes by visiting the branch. The team can also be contacted  on:
Phone: 01225 863 208    Email: moc.s1571159785ailae1571159785raew@1571159785nybor1571159785

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