Grassroots support for Oban cafe
VOLUNTEERS at the Grassroots Cafe in Oban have been overwhelmed with the ‘ kindness, generosity and community spirit shown by the people of Oban and beyond’ after a break-in threatened the continuation of the town- centre venue.
The break-in Wednesday (January 20) saw damage to the building and the theft of items from the volunteer-funded group.
But Stacey Felgate, spokeswoman for the group, said that while the break-in was a real disappointment, the 24 hours following the announcement had really turned things around.
Ms Felgate, from Oban, said: ‘The kindness, generosity and community spirit shown by the people of Oban and beyond has truly astounded us, and we already thought you all were pretty special.
‘In under 24 hours, we have had enough money donated via PayPal to cover our losses, as well as offers of time, labour and parts to fix what was broken.
‘We want to be totally honest and say that at this point, we have received enough donations to be able to pay our rent and bills and that any further gifts will go towards future cafe running costs and expanding our range of events as opposed to fixing this particular emergency. Donations can still be made via the link which we will leave on our website – www. grassrootsoban.org.
‘We would also like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped out, shared, commented, donated or offered their assistance. We have tried to get back to everyone individually but if you have slipped through the net, our apologies.
‘Everyone involved in the cafe has been humbled by the reaction and we look forward to seeing you for a cuppa in the cafe soon.’
Anyone with information should call 101, or visit the police station on Albany Street.