Fundraising bonanza week for Leuchie

Support from local businesses brought in more than £30,000 for East Lothian charity Leuchie House last week. The amazing total was raised from donations from three Lothian companies and from Leuchie’s first Christmas Fair.

An incredible £20,400 was raised by local businessman Tommy Dale at his recent Bass Rock Supper, held in support of Leuchie. He was joined by Missy Wearmouth and Sheila Lochhead in presenting a cheque to Leuchie Chief Executive Mairi O’Keefe.

Staff at the Edinburgh branch of John Lewis chose Leuchie House to be one of four charities to be beneficiaries of money raised from the 5p carrier bag charge. The store’s Community Liaison Co-ordinator, Judith Hunter presented Mairi O’Keefe with a cheque for £2,805 raised between October 2014 and April 2015.

Leuchie was also delighted to receive a cheque for £5,000 from Charles River Laboratories in Tranent, raised through their staff charity fund and presented by Linda Logan.

Completing the fundraising bonanza last week, was Leuchie House’s first Christmas Fair. A host of small local businesses ran stalls at the fair, showcasing their unique and luxury products, including gifts, crafts, decorations and food. The fair raised over £3,000 and is set to become an annual event on the Leuchie calendar.

CEO Mairi O’Keefe said: “We are overjoyed by the support we’ve received in the past seven days. The generosity of local businesses and the efforts their staff go to in support of Leuchie never ceases to amaze us. Some of the donations we receive we are aware of in advance, others are a complete – and lovely – surprise to us. They are all extremely welcome and make a huge difference to the work we do at Leuchie. 

“We were delighted at the success of our first Christmas Fair too and would like to say a huge thank you to all the stall holders who were there and to everyone who attended and made it such an enjoyable day.  All our stall holders said they’d be happy to do it all again next year so we’ve already set the date for our 2016 fair!”

The total raised last week from business support and the Christmas Fair currently stands at £31,205, with income from the fair still coming in.

30 November 2015