A MOTHER and daughter who are helping to boost the coffers of good causes have raised £25,000 in just 10 months.
Cheryl McDonald and Lynne Davis have been building up their venture, Community Corner, for almost a year – taking in donated goods and selling them on with the cash raised being donated to causes across South Tyneside.
As well as hitting the magicial £25,000 figure, the pair also now have their own premises.
The new shop opened two weeks ago in Edinburgh Road, Jarrow, and business is booming.
Miss McDonald, 28, said: “When we first started and were storing items in our homes, we never thought that one day we would have our own shop.
“We have had so much support from people it has been overwhelming. To raise £25,000 since we started in March, it is just unbelievable.
“As always, we want to thank everyone for donating their items. We would love to hit £30,000 by our first anniversary in March.”
The pair have received support from South Shields-based Carmeleon Concepts Ltd, who donated the shop sign.
Miss McDonald added: “We are so excited by our new premises and are loving it already, we feel like it is meant to be, back on our own estate where it all began.”
Community Corner was also handed surplus toys from the Gazette’s toys and tins appeal to help with their fundraising.
To date, Community Corner has helped a number of good causes across South Tyneside, including funding for hi-vis vests for pupils at Simonside Primary School, Jarrow; a specially-adapted car seat for youngster Jessica Bootes, who has paralysis down the right side of her body after a car accident; South Tyneside Against Bullying were bought new office furniture with a further donation of £250 towards counselling services, and fundraising group Cruse Crew received £500 towards its £30,000 target to enable Cruse Bereavement Care Tyneside to bring its young people’s bereavement support service to South Tyneside.
Community Corner accepts any items which are in a sellable condition, including clothes, toys, bric-a-brac, CDs and baby items.
The shop is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays from 9am-5pm. Items for sale are also featured on its Facebook group www.facebook.com/groups/communitycorner14.
l Community Corner has arranged a social night, bingo and raffle, at the Neon Social Club, Jarrow, on Friday March 6, at 7pm.