Award for charity fundraisers

Two of the Magpies, Celia Barron and Jo Moorhouse, selling the jewellery they’ve helped to collect at the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations earlier this year

A GROUP of Hospiscare supporters in Ottery St Mary have been nominated for an award following their innovative tactics in raising money for the end of life charity.

The Magpies, as they are known, have raised more than £3,500 in two years by cleaning, sorting and mending donated jewellery and then selling the fresh sparkly necklaces, brace- lets and earrings at local fetes and fairs.

They also clean and sort the beads from broken jewellery and use them to make Christmas decorations and other beady items for sale.

Their success has been recognised by Hospiscare and the group have been nominated for an award for Innovation in Fundraising which is given annually by the umbrella organisation Hospice UK.

The nomination recognises that the Magpies were not only raising essential funds for Hospiscare in the East Devon area in a new and profitable way, but also reducing landfill by recycling donated materials.

The Magpies are always looking for new venues for their stall. If any group would like the Magpies to run a stall at their event, or if anyone has a need for large numbers of beads of varying colour, size and quality at very reasonable prices, please contact Cathy on 01404 814852.

Honiton, Ottery St Mary & Sidmouth Reporter | After studying for his NCTJ in Bournemouth, Peter started with the paper in June 2015 on a freelance basis, now permanently based in East Devon covering community and council news.