Butcher bags a meaty total
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