Join celebrations to mark our 30-year anniversary

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THIS year is a very special one for the Citizen which celebrates its 30th anniversary.

And to mark the occasion the Citizen is adopting Willen Hospice as its charity of the year with an anniversary appeal to help boost much needed funds.

Hospice chief executive Paul Hinson joined nurses and supporters to launch anniversary celebrations by releasing 30 white doves, one for every year, over Willen Lake on New Year’s Day.

And throughout the year the Hospice will be holding a host of events to raise cash. These will include a charity abseil, a May Ball, Shop Celebration Days, a special lottery draw to win a car and a number of Hospice open days.

There will also be a hospice Wishing Well placed in Midsummer Place Shopping Centre and, in keeping with the 30-year anniversary theme, staff and volunteers have been invited to think of 30 different ways for people to raise money.

Citizen reporter Gareth Ellis will be doing his bit for the appeal by running the London marathon to raise a minimum of £2,000 for the charity after being offered a Gold Bond Place.

Gareth has been in training since mid-December and is currently running around half the marathon distance in two hours.

To sponsor Gareth visit his Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/Gareth-Ellis-Marathon-Man.

You can also keep up to date with Gareth’s progress by following him on Twitter by searching @Citizen_Gareth.

Features in the Citizen over the next 12 months will include a look back over the past three decades and how your leading local newspaper has played its part in the growth and success of Milton Keynes which hopes to win city status in 2012.

> To feature in our plans let us know if you will be celebrating a 30 year anniversary or birthday in 2001. Maybe you were among the many new businesses to launch in Milton Keynes in 1981 and advertised in the first issue?

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