Charity shop takeover at Penarth's Ty Hafan raises more than £6,000
1:02pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
A CHARITY shop takeover of Penarth’s Ty Hafan branch raised more than £6,000 for the children’s hospice.
The charity shop, on Windsor Road, was taken over by a team of staff from the law firm Lewis Silkin last Friday in an Apprentice-style fundraising challenge.
The team, named ‘The Bears’ in reference to the literal translation of Penarth meaning ‘head of the bears’, raised money through a Just Giving online fundraising page, an online auction and a takeover of the charity shop.
A total of £4,475 was raised online, £1,325 was raised from shop takings on the day and £635 was raised through the auction to bring the grand total to £6,435.
The team were competing against another group of colleagues taking over a Ty Hafan charity shop in Whitchurch, who went on to raise a total of £1,434.
The Bears, led by Katie Honeyfield, set up shop with a display table full of teddy bears as they took over the branch. Colleagues Jan, Katherine and Rob headed down the high street telling locals about the day’s events, with Sian and Rachel heading to Tesco for the morning to raise money from shoppers.
At the store Ted Baker models Esteban and Alfonso drew in crowds, whilst Abi helped serve up coffee and cake donated by Starbucks and Greggs. A children’s face painter, colouring competition and ‘guess the name of the teddy bear’ game added to the fun, whilst Richard, Steve and Molly helped sell raffle tickets outside the store to passers-by.
Later in the day Hazel, Gemma and Rob went down to Penarth seafront in a bid to pull in more people to the store. After the auction ended and the raffle and competition winners were picked, ‘The Bears’ celebrated a job well done.
As part of the fundraising a dress-down day and cake sale took place in the Lewis Silkin London and Oxford offices, with ?£460.50 raised in London and a further £50 raised in Oxford.
Over the whole fundraising day, a total of ?£8,379.50 was raised for Ty Hafan.
Matt Williams, retail general manager for T? Hafan, said: “We are delighted with the fantastic amount raised by Lewis Silkin. It was our second charity shop challenge and we are thrilled that the day was such a success as it will make such a difference to the hundreds of life-limited children, young people and their families who rely on our support.”