A Moorlands couple have been going above and beyond to raise money for charities during lockdown. Alan and Anita Fowell, who live in Werrington, have been getting creative during lockdown in making themed wooden decorations which they have gone on to sell with all proceeds going to charity.
A Moorlands couple have been going above and beyond to raise money for charities during lockdown.
Alan and Anita Fowell, who live in Werrington, have been getting creative during lockdown in making themed wooden decorations which they have gone on to sell with all proceeds going to charity.
Alan told the Times & Echo: “We started this at Thanksgiving and at Remembrance. We had not seen many poppies about, probably because people were not going to local shops or pubs, the usual places where they are offered for sale.
“I had some wood in the garage and so knocked out about 30 poppies which collected in £75 for the Royal British Legion, that’s what started it.
“The locals had jumped on board with that, so we looked at what else we could do.
“The Christmas before, we lost our beloved daughter-in-law, so we decided to, this time, help the Dougie Mac.
“The charity usually has a big Christmas tree outside their building where people can leave a bauble in memory of a loved one, but not everyone was online to be able to do that so we thought we would make mini Christmas trees and snowflakes for loved ones to be named on.
“We initially made 25 and hoped to make a similar amount as we had for the Royal British Legion with the poppies.
“We posted about our charity creations on the Werrington Facebook page and within two hours, they had all gone.
“So I looked in our garage for more wood and had some more from a neighbour and made another 15. But then we had requests for another 120 through the Facebook site, so we went out and bought more wood and fulfilled those orders and by Christmas had made 320 – resulting in just under £1,500 for the Dougie Mac.
“Everyone just jumped on board with the idea, and I was more than happy to work in the garage to make them for them.”
Alan further explained that he and Anita, who helped with the decorating of the charity creations, then decided to make various Valentine’s decorations, this time in aid of the British Heart Foundation.
Again they were embellished on one side and the other side was left blank for people to add the names of their loved ones.
Alan said: “We made around 250 of these. There was no fixed price for people to pay, they were invited to pay what they wanted for them. Overall people were very generous in what they donated.”
The final total of £721 has now been donated by the Fowells to the British Heart Foundation.
The couple are now having a few weeks off for a well-earned rest and then they have set themselves the task of making wooden Forget Me Nots.
Alan said: “These are going to be Easter themed and this time we are going to raise money for a Dementia/Alzheimer’s charity.”
The couple sell the items from their home in Moss Park Avenue. Alan said: “This has been another part of this for us, people coming by to collect a decoration or two and having a social distanced chat with us.
“We are making friends, however, I do wonder if I will be able to recognise anyone afterwards as we are all currently wearing masks.”
Alan, who retired two years ago, has been spending around five to six hours a day in his workshop making the wooden delights.
He said: “It’s been keeping both of us occupied during lockdown. I have been in the garage, while Anita has been in the house putting embellishments and decorative things on them.
“We have both thoroughly enjoyed it.
“We have never done anything like this before – never saw it coming.
“There is certainly a feel good factor and feeling of pride about it.”
He added: “We have both been lucky enough to work all our lives, so this has been a way of giving something back.
“You can easily put lose change in a charity box, but when you create something which someone can take away with them to look at and remember a dear one or someone who is too faraway, it’s wonderful.”
Anyone interested in purchasing any of Alan and Anita’s charity creations can send them a message via Facebook.
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