Grass­roots sup­port for Oban cafe

The Oban Times - - News -

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. grass­root­

‘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.

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