On the 3rd and 4th February fundraisers from Donisthorpe Hall held a pop up shop selling brand new merchandise which yielded £1,500.
The premises used had been donated free of charge by a generous benefactor and were located on a prime parade in Oakwood.
The pop-up shop was stocked with brand new household goods, toiletries, books, toys and bric-a-brac and contributed by wholesale suppliers who were care home supporters.
A delighted Regina Waldman, one of the organisers and a former market stall holder, said over the two-day trading there was a steady footfall of customers.
“We had a lot of local people, delighted to purchase goods at bargain prices, and we also picked up a passing trade of out-of-towners on their way to nearby Roundhay Park and the Canal Gardens.”
Together with the market stall held at Donisthorpe Hall last month funds generated a total of £3,000 which included a raffle.
As well as using their sales technique, the team of volunteer helpers were able to explain about Donisthorpe Hall to a wider community.
“Customers were enthralled to hear about the home’s history, activities and its luxurious facilities,” added Regina.
“We also managed to bring a lot of humour to the two day effort and we had lots of laughter. Customers frequently asked when we would be returning.”
Alexandra Myers, fundraising coordinator said: “We are grateful to those who donated goods and obviously Regina, Rosemerry Venet, Ian Sillers and Marcia Brown who manned the shop along with fundraising department staff. Without their help we couldn’t have got the venture off the ground.”
The money will be used to purchase five new Lo-Lo nursing beds which can be adjusted to any height. This will contribute towards our aim of having Lo-Lo beds throughout the dementia unit.