A fundraising stalwart is hoping to reach the milestone of raising £50,000 for charity very soon. As the Leek & Moorlands Echo went to press, Catherine Bennett was just £500 short of the amazing milestone in her fundraising for Breast Cancer Now.
A fundraising stalwart is hoping to reach the milestone of raising £50,000 for charity very soon.
As the Leek & Moorlands Echo went to press, Catherine Bennett was just £500 short of the amazing milestone in her fundraising for Breast Cancer Now.
The mum-of-four, who lives in Leek, began raising funds for the national charity some years ago after battling with the disease herself.
Catherine began by collecting unwanted bras and filling them into a Mini car and asking people to guess how many were in the vehicle, in return for a donation to the charity.
The former teacher then went on to decorate Leek’s main Christmas Tree with the garments for a further fundraising campaign, before then collecting can ring pulls and making numerous items from them to then sell for the charity.
Over the years, she has evolved her creativity to raising thousands of pounds for the charity making a variety of items out of unwanted items – included face masks out of unwanted material during the pandemic.
Catherine told the Leek & Moorlands Echo: “I’ve not quite got to £50,000, the latest certificate (from the charity) is for £49,350 and I’ve got at least £150 to send in the new year. That will take me to around the £49,500 mark, so not too far to go.”
Catherine is often spotted hosting a stall with her creative wares at various community events and venues in Leek and further afield.
She said of her fundraising efforts over the past year: “Seeing that we’ve been through such an awful time and there have been fewer events than usual, I’m really pleased with how the fundraising has gone, and I am looking forward to reaching £50,000.
“It truly is something to look forward to in 2022.”
Catherine said of the charity which she raises money for, and is also now an Ambassador of: “Breast Cancer Now hope that by 2050, that no-one will die from breast cancer as a result of all their research and I’ll do all I can to facilitate that happening.”
As for what creative items have been selling well recently, Catherine said: “Masks raised the most money during the Covid crisis and recently the book-fold items, in particular the Santa hedgehogs and elves. I sell a lot of cards too.”
Catherine is thankful for all the help and support she has had along her fundraising journey, she said: “I would like to say thank you to those who support me by buying from me, advertising my events or donating prizes etc.
“I must also thank my husband Roger for chauffeuring me, helping with the stalls and for putting up with the mess that I create around the house.
“Big thanks to people who supply me with books (to fold) redundant supplies of their own, be it card making items or fabrics and elastic.”
To keep up to date with what Catherine has on offer to sell, go online to: www.facebook.com/cannycrafts.
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