Ian and Anna pic.jpgAn event organiser from Carlisle - who raised more than £18,500 for North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust during lockdown - has handed the cash over to Chief Nurse Anna Stabler.

Ian Milburn, who runs IM events, hosted a series of online singing, dancing and bingo events to keep people entertained during lockdown when no one could go to gigs, concerts or comedy shows.

People signed up to take part in the fun events and many local businesses donated prizes.

Mr Milburn is used to bringing big name sports stars to the city when he usually hosts sportsman’s dinners.

He donned a range of costumes and wigs and teamed up with his wife Steph to bring the virtual, fun, events to computer screens around the city. Ian_1.jpg

In total he raised £18,539 for the Trust.

He said: “We had fantastic feedback from all the events we hosted. We didn’t expect everyone to get so much enjoyment from a fat lad in his kitchen singing terribly.

“We would like to thank everyone who supported us and all the businesses who kindly donated prizes.”

Chief Nurse Anna Stabler said: “Thank you to Ian and his team for all the fundraising that they have done. Ian and his team have done an amazing job to raise so much cash.

“We are very grateful for his support and thank him for choosing and supporting NCIC’s Charitable Fund.”

Other charities to benefit from Ian’s fundraising include: Eden Valley Hospice, Carlisle Youth Zone and Carlisle Eden Mind.

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