Shop raises over £22,000 for charity

THE owners of Cornhill Shop and Coffee Shop have pledged to increase their backing for Macmillan Cancer Support in 2012, even though they have raised more than £22,000 for the charity over ten years.

Since taking over in February 2002, the owners have raised a staggering £22,545 for the cancer charity. But ten events are already in the calendar for next year in an attempt to “push the boat out”.

Co-owner Lynda Waite explained: “It all started back in 2002 when, with only a couple of days notice because the weather forecast was good, we decided to have our first coffee morning for Macmillan.

“At that time the shop was tiny and we didn’t have any space inside, so we borrowed tables and chairs and held it out the front. That first year we raised £375 and it’s just grown from there... just like the shop!”

Lynda added: “It was a real surprise when our Macmillan fundraising manager, Aileen Stewart, totted up all the money we’ve raised and told us it was over £22,000!

“This year we did lots of things for our coffee morning. There was a sponsored walk, a sponsored silence, raffles, a clothes sale and we wore our pyjamas to work one day too – all of that raised just over £4,000 – our best ever!

“Of course, we couldn’t do it without the support of lots of people and businesses in the area, so I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has helped or come along to one of our events.”

Lynda said: “When we realised that next year will be our tenth year of fundraising for Macmillan we decided to really push the boat out. We’re planning to do ten fundraising events next year. Our first one will be a Body Shop night on January 28 – keep an eye on the posters in the shop to find out what’s going on.”

Macmillan fundraising manager Aileen Stewart said: “The team at the Cornhill Shop do a fantastic job and it’s great to have them fundraising for Macmillan.

“We rely on individuals, clubs and businesses to raise 96 per cent of the funds we need to provide our vital services to people affected by cancer.”