Gran raises nearly £4,000 for charity

A scene from the shop.
A scene from the shop.

A bereaved grandmother has spoken of her delight at raising almost £4,000 for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.

The charity helped Suzanne Porter’s family, when her granddaughter, Rebecca Bignell, was tragically killed in a road traffic accident last November.

After opening a charity pop-up shop within the Hildreds Shopping Centre, the ‘super gran’, along with a team of volunteers fundraised for 11 days.

From January 18 to January 26 the team held competitions and raffles, selling a range of ABF Soldiers’ Charity merchandise, craft items and general bric-a-brac and raised in total, £3,712.32.

Sue expressed her heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported the cause, in memory of her granddaughter, thanking volunteers, the Hildreds’ staff and Nick Bodian for his support from the ABF charity.

“We have had some wonderful donated items from family and friends, the general public and local businesses, which enabled us to raise this amazing amount.

Thanks must also go to our customers, who made purchases and put money in the collection buckets.”

Neil McCorquodale, chairman of ABF the Soldiers’ Charity for Lincolnshire, said: “The charity runs fundraising activities, raising money to help soldiers and their families.

“We are currently helping 98 cases in Lincolnshire alone and we are extremely grateful for everything Sue has done.”

Major Dennis Hannant of the Royal Logistics Core and charity committee member said: “Thank you to everyone for the time, money and effort spent supporting the charity.

“Soldiers and their families will be truly grateful,” he added.