Charity whiz Liz steps down after 40 years

(Fourth from left), Liz Lynch during her last charity event at the pavilion for Geraldine Robinson's Lutterworth Mayor Appeal with helpers Joan Bingham, Mandy Smith and Carole Harrington.
PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER NNL-160726-102014005

(Fourth from left), Liz Lynch during her last charity event at the pavilion for Geraldine Robinson's Lutterworth Mayor Appeal with helpers Joan Bingham, Mandy Smith and Carole Harrington. PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER NNL-160726-102014005

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She’s been raising money for good causes for more than 40 years.

But Lutterworth charity stalwart Liz Lynch says she’s finally hanging up her collecting tin and putting down her begging letter biro.

Liz, aged 77, led what she claimed was her final charity event on Sunday at the Lutterworth Pavilion, on the Recreation Ground off Coventry Road.

Money raised by Liz and her team went to the Lutterworth Mayor Geraldine Robinson’s Appeal.

Cllr Robinson is raising money for a town heart monitor, and smaller local groups.

“But that’s the last event I shall be in charge of” vowed Liz.

“I’ve promised my family, my husband and my sisters now. I’ll help, but I won’t organise.

“I’ve written too many begging letters. I’ve got to do some housework!”

Liz was born in India, and is one of ten children.

She came to Lutterworth in 1968 with husband Dr Michael Lynch, a university historian who has written 30 books including a biography of Hitler.

Liz has been fundraising since the 1970s, and reckons she has raised tens of thousands of pounds.

The main beneficiaries have been the British Red Cross and a succession of Lutterworth Mayors’ charities.

“I’ve never been content with a quiet life at home” she admitted. “My house is like a bomb’s hit it.

“At the moment I’ve got a lot of leftover charity stuff in the boot of my car, which I’ve promised not to bring into the house.

“But the truth is I’m a hoarder, and being in charge of all these charity events doesn’t help me!”

The highlights of her 40-year “career” in fundraising include serving “tea to Mrs T” - Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher - and a memorable visit to a Buckingham Palace garden party.

“But no I couldn’t tell you how many charity events I’ve organised altogether” she said. “A lot.”

Liz says she will continue to help out at charity events organised by other people.

And for her last charity event, which raised £200, Liz thanked her team of helpers and the young people of the National Citizens Service.

In the meantime, before Liz retires altogether, it might be useful for younger charity helpers from Lutterworth to get hold of the Lynch contacts book.

Her regular local company sponsors include Morrison’s, Disney and Britvic.