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TV star inspires woman to start unique charity Facebook group.

Byline: LOUISE NEWTON ECHO Correspondent news@liverpoolcom @LIVECHONEWS

A LIVERPOOL woman was inspired by one of the stars of ITV's Broadchurch to set up an unusual charitable fundraising group.

Each week, members of the group set up by Nic Perrins contribute PS1 and every time PS500 is raised they vote on where to donate the money - choosing causes that might not otherwise get help.

They come from across the UK and only know each other through a Facebook group.

So far they have sent funds to a number of good causes, including this week when they surprised a primary school in a disadvantaged area of Dorset with the PS500 donation, to fill their library with books.

Nic said: "The Friends 500 Club is a group of people Nic Perrins who want to make a difference to those in need of some kindness and support.

"When it started none of us realised just how powerful we would be as a group, and of all the things I've ever done, this is the thing of which I'm most proud.

"People have been unbelievably generous and I really proud of the people that have joined."

She started fundraising in October after hearing Broadchurch actor Joe Sims, who played Nige Carter, mention his own charity group.

After Nic spoke with Joe to discuss starting her own group, he became a contributing member of Nic's Friends 500 Club as well.

Nic's group currently have 131 members and her goal is to reach 500 so they can raise PS500 to donate every week.

There is no leftover money and no profit is made by Nic or any of the members. To enquire about joining. email friends500club@gmail.com or search for 'Friends 500 Club' on Facebook.

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Date:Jun 24, 2019
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