Butcher bags a meaty to­tal

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE HOSPICE -

LIT­TLE things mean a lot to one Cheshire butcher whose in­ven­tive ways have helped raise more than £4,000 for East Cheshire Hospice.

Tony Boon, 60, started with one hum­ble col­lec­tion box on the counter of his shop in Chelford back in 2006 and since then he and his cus­tomers have found some imag­i­na­tive ways of fundrais­ing.

“Seven years ago, to mark our 25th an­niver­sary in busi­ness, we cre­ated some Bags for Life for our cus­tomers ask­ing them to make a small do­na­tion to the hospice for a plas­tic bag if they for­got them,” says Tony.

“Since then we’ve re­ceived pic­tures from all over the world of our bags ‘on hol­i­day’.

“From Wales and Devon right through to the Mal­dives and even Las Vegas, our bags have trav­elled the world.

“We have them all dis­played on a pic­ture wall in the shop prompt­ing our cus­tomers to put a few more pen­nies in the tin.”

Tony has also taken a per­sonal in­ter­est in the fundrais­ing cam­paign, rais­ing more than £1,000 for the char­ity at his 60th birth­day party last year.

He and his wife also com­pleted the Starlight Walk at Capesthorne Hall, rais­ing an­other £700.

“The col­lec­tion box is al­ways on the shop counter,” says Tony.

“It acts as a daily re­minder to peo­ple about the great work of the hospice. Ev­ery lit­tle penny helps”.

East Cheshire Hospice cur­rently has more than 500 col­lec­tion boxes sited across East Cheshire in a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions – from hair­dressers, to butch­ers, to pubs and pet shops.

Hold­ing any­thing be­tween £25 and £70, the col­lec­tion boxes can raise over £20,000 a year for the hospice.

“Our col­lec­tion boxes are a really con­ve­nient way for mem­bers of our com­mu­nity to do­nate and they are a great way to raise aware­ness for the hospice,” says fundrais­ing as­sis­tant, Lisa Ball.

“Our aim is to place as many out in the com­mu­nity as pos­si­ble.”

If you have a lo­cal busi­ness or know an or­gan­i­sa­tion that would be in­ter­ested in sup­port­ing East Cheshire Hospice, please con­tact the fundrais­ing team on 01625 433477 or email fundrais­ing@echos­pice. org.uk.

●● Chelford butcher Tony Boon (left) with em­ployee Robert Dale and their East Cheshire Hospice cheque

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