Friday, 14 June 2013

Cornwall and the USA - two Doc Martin themed fundraising events for the Cornwall Air Ambulance

Just thought I'd share the press release I wrote about two simultaneous fundraising events for the Cornwall Air Ambulance - one in Cornwall and one in the States! With Doc Martin's latest series currently being filmed in the village, the Buttermilk Shop has become the series' pharmacy once again and it put a staff member and a customer in the mood to raise money for the Cornwall Air Ambulance.

Port Isaac’s Buttermilk Shop and an enthusiastic US-based Doc Martin fan are holding simultaneous fundraising events for the Cornwall Air Ambulance on both sides of the Atlantic.

Sharon Harbeck moved from the UK to the town of Vancouver in Washington State where she runs an English tea room. On a recent visit back to Cornwall, she popped into the Buttermilk Shop in Port Isaac that doubles for the series’ pharmacy and bought some fudge from Doc Martin aficionado and ‘extra’ Mike Meakins who works there.

Mike working in the doc's "Pharmacy"!

Keen to help with the Buttermilk Shop’s drive to raise money for the Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust, Sharon decided that she would invite children to dress as a character from the series at a special “Doc Martin event” on June 22 back at her tea room. She also plans fundraising stalls such as white elephant, a book stall and the sale of plants, flowers and cakes.

She said: “Many of the expats I know here in Vancouver are big fans of the show and are very excited about the Doc Martin day.

“We’re very much hoping to make it an annual event and as ardent fans of Doc Martin and the beautiful part of Cornwall it’s set in, we thought it would be lovely to raise money for the Cornwall Air Ambulance.”

Meanwhile, back at Port Isaac on the same day, the Buttermilk Shop is holding a raffle where one lucky winner will go home with a Buttermilk Fudge hamper filled with fudge and Doc Martin goodies with proceeds going to the Cornwall Air Ambulance. Tickets are on sale now in the shop priced at £1 each and the draw will take place on June 22.

Mike Meakins and Sarah Taylor from the Buttermilk Shop show the fudge-filled hamper that could be won in a dual-Atlantic fundraising event for the Cornwall Air Ambulance.

Mike Meakins from the Buttermilk Shop said: “We get a lot of fans of the Doc Martin show coming in to see the pharmacy and to buy traditional Cornish fudge while they are here but Sharon really has gone above and beyond. We wish her well with her event!”

Tom Matthews, Events Fundraiser at Cornwall Air Ambulance said: “Buttermilk are great supporters of Cornwall Air Ambulance and have been very enterprising in turning their Doc Martin connection into a really fantastic fundraiser. To have this brilliant support now crossing the Atlantic really is incredible, and we are so grateful to Sharon and all her staff and customers for their support!”

The Cornwall Air Ambulance attends around 1,000 emergency calls for help every year throughout Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The Air Ambulance needs to raise more than £2m a year to keep flying.

Saturday, 1 June 2013

The Newbury Gastro Pub Tug of War and Bungee Jump‏ on 25th August in aid of West Berks Mencap

Tug of war! How exciting!
MrM and I have just been talking about how long it is since we undertook a tug of war because we helped rescue some brownies on a narrowboat on the Kennet and Avon this afternoon who were drifting the wrong way round and needed our muscle power to be helped out!

Anyway West Berks Mencap says:

The Newbury Gastro Pub will be putting on a bungee jump and a Tug of War in aid of West Berkshire Mencap on the 25th August.

The Bungee jump will be set up in the market place. If you are interested in taking part please email Pete at lumberandclarke dot com for a sponsorship form.

The person with the most sponsorship will win a meal for two at The Newbury.

The Tug of War will be held outside the Newbury also on the 25th August. We are looking for teams to enter. You must have teams of eight!

Thank you so much to The Newbury pub for this and all the support they have given us so far this year! They really are amazingly supportive and kind!

If anyone would like to be involved please could they email Pete on the email address above and copy me in.

Coffee and cake in Newbury town centre on Wednesday 5th June

A Newbury accountant is holding an all-day fundraising event on Wednesday, 5th June at her Northcroft Lane office to raise money for three different charities.

Ginette Higgs, who runs Lynchpin Accounting, is inviting local businesspeople, shoppers and even passers-by, to come and join her between 9.30am and 6pm for tea, coffee and cake in return for a small donation.

Ginette said: “With a town centre location, I thought it would be perfect to invite anyone who loves cake to pop in to our offices to say hello and raise money for these three great causes.”

Proceeds will go to MacMillan Cancer Care, the British Heart Foundation and the West Berkshire Alzheimer’s Society. For more information, visit