The John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation has received a cheque for £2,424.43, presented by General Manager Simon Morris on behalf of staff and customers at the Ferndown Haskins Garden Centre. The money was following 12 months of fundraising events and wishing well donations.

Linda and Pete Thornton, who founded the charity to honour the memory of their son, John Thornton, said that they were delighted to accept the cheque.

“We thank everyone for donating to the foundation.  The money provides the funding for many activities and events that enhance the lives of a variety young people from the area, offered as bursaries selected by the trustees through official organisations.  Over £65,000 has been allocated this year,” said Linda Thornton. “For example the money raised at Haskins will fund 5 local Girl Guides to attend their County Camp at Dorchester, also support 5 places for disadvantaged young people aboard a Challenger Yacht with the Tall Ships Trust, and two bursaries for students at Ferndown Upper School.”

Anyone wishing to support or donate to The John Thornton Young Achievers Foundation can call 07792121645 or visit

PHOTO: (From left) Simon Morris presents cheque to Linda and Pete Thornton.

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