Forth Valley Sensory Centre, held a thank you event last week for volunteers who helped the Centre raise an amazing £2121 in the recent pop-up charity shop. The total just beats the amount raised last year by just £100 but still represents a great achievement and the culmination of weeks of work by all those involved.

The shop, in Grangemouth’s La Porte Precinct, was managed a team of volunteers and staff from various partners within the Centre, including NHS Forth Valley, Falkirk Council, RNIB Scotland and Scottish War Blinded.

Lynne Frail, Fundraising Coordinator said:
“After last year we were hopeful of a success and we knew the work it would require but to raise such a great amount again is brilliant and makes all the effort worthwhile.

“We couldn’t have done it without the help of our army of volunteers who were superb as always. A big thanks to all the partners from the Centre for supporting us too and providing members of the public with information about services and support they can benefit from locally if they have a sensory condition.

“Finally, we’d like to thank everyone who donated items or shopped with us during the week. It was lovely to welcome so many people through the door and it means a lot to the Centre.”

The funds raised will go directly to helping people with a sensory impairment across Forth Valley, including social groups, events and other activities.

Lynne Frail added:
“The funds raised will stay within Forth Valley and help people all across Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannanshire. We had help from Asda, Morrisons, The Howgate Shopping Centre and Strathcarron Hospice and it is always good to see charities supporting each other and private companies helping out in the local community.”

Additional thanks must be passed to Fay McDonald for providing the ‘Guess what’s inside the box’ prize won by Myra McGregor who gets to enjoy a nice bottle of spiced rum! Also, Real Jobs Falkirk and The Action Group who provided young volunteers Leon, Tom and Ruaridh who were a massive help through the week.

The next fundraising opportunities for Forth Valley Sensory Centre will be has a number of fundraising initiatives planned over the rest of the year, including Malvina’s Garden open event on 6th August and an Afternoon Tea and Ladies Fashion Show on 8th October.

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