A teenage fundraiser is planning to open a charity shop with a difference and is appealing to landlords to help him find a suitable pop up shop at a reasonable rent in Ely, Cambridgeshire.
Callum Fairhurst, who has already raised nearly £100,000 for cancer charities, intends to carry on the fund raising legacy of his brother who died of cancer aged 14 in 2009. Liam Fairhurst raised more then £320,000 in his lifetime.
In 2007 Liam received a Diana Award (the awards celebrate the courage, commitment, compassion and selfless acts of young people). Callum decided to honour his brother’s memory by continuing his fundraising and has since received his own Diana Award.
Callum said: “It’s not any ordinary charity shop because it’s not just about raising money for the charity. We want to bring talent out of young people and give them something to do. So it’ll be primarily run by young people with the help of adults who are professionals in that area of work.”
The shop, which will sell clothes, has attracted the support of a “well-known artist and several top designers” – now Callum just needs premises.
All the money raised by the Liam Fairhurst Foundation either goes to charities such as CLIC Sargent, or to help support families with young cancer patients.
If you can help, contact Callum via twitter @blackpigsweets
Margaret Aspinal, whose 18 year old son died in the Hillsborough disaster, has opened a store to raise funds for the victims’ families. The shop is open in Liverpool’s St John’s Shopping Centre and all proceeds will benefit The Hillsborough Family Support Group, which is run by Mrs Aspinal. Margaret said: “In recent months we have been overwhelmed by the power of the people of Liverpool, who have demanded their voices be heard. So many people have asked if we have a shop, because we only used to sell from our website. Having a full size store allows the extra space we needed to offer other things that shoppers have asked for, and we expect the ‘Justice for the 96’ t-shirts to be very popular.” The unit for the pop-up shop has been provided free of charge by St John’s. Ian Ward, Centre Director at St John’s, said: “What happened at Hillsborough will be forever ingrained in the minds of people in this city. We welcome the pop up shop to the centre and wish it every success in raising funds for the families affected.”