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News Archive > General > Sally’s going extra mile to help deliver specialist bed

Sally’s going extra mile to help deliver specialist bed

By Natasha Swift 14th January 2021

Sally’s going extra mile to help deliver specialist bed
Sally Bourton, postmaster at Trewoon Post Office, is determined to help a local family raise over £5,000 to buy a specialist bed for their disabled son

A chance conversation with a customer posting eBay parcels has inspired the postmaster of Trewoon to help a local family raise money to buy a specialist bed for their disabled son.

Community stalwart Sally Bourton is going the extra mile once again for her community after hearing the story of one local family.

Their son has a range of complex needs due to his disability and desperately needs a specialist bed to keep him safe at night. The cost of the bed is just over £5,000, with the family already raising £1,325 from donations and selling items.

Recognising how important the bed will be to this family, Sally has stepped in to try to help fund it for the youngster. Sally said: “I will begin by saying, you’ll have to trust me on this one.

“A chance conversation with a customer posting eBay parcels has inspired me to divert all fundraising in Trewoon Post Office for this family who live in our Trewoon commununity.

“For complicated legal reasons they cannot be named or identified publicly. Therefore
I would ask you not to speculate as to who it may or may not be.

“Their son has a range of complex needs due to his disability and desperately needs a specialist bed that will keep him safe at night and enable the whole family to get much
needed rest at night.

“The cost of this bed is £5,065 so far, with selling many of the children’s toys, books, clothes, etc and some donations from their family and close friends the total is already at £1,325.

“There is only so much stuff in one’s house that can be sold so here’s where we can all help.
“Sales of all reusable masks, books and jigsaws in the post office will be for this purpose.

“If you have any items in good saleable condition, suitable for eBay selling you can drop these goods here at the post office and I will pass them on for the family to eBay. Please, please make sure the items are in good saleable condition though.

“I will have a collection tin on the counter where you can simply drop any cash donations in, however small.

“As I said earlier, you will have to trust me on this, but I can assure you their need is great and they are doing all they possibly can to raise this money. They haven’t asked for any charity it was purely a chance conversation.

“Come on Trewoon, let’s do what we do best and get this little boy his bed so the whole family can feel safe.”

Not only is Sally helping this family, but at the start of the pandemic she was instrumental in pulling together a list of local volunteers who were willing to help the community, as well as distributing leaflets across the village.

Sally has collections of DVD’s, books and jigsaws inside her Post Office donated by local residents to keep the community entertained during lockdown.

She donated 50p an item to charity and a customer also began making reusable face masks which Sally sold in the branch with the money going to the Critical Care unit in Treliske Hospital. In just under 24 hours they raised £100.

The community managed to raise an impressive £8,500 in seven months for the hospital.
The total amount for the bed needs to be raised by June or the money that is already secured on the family’s fundraising platform could be lost to them and would then be divided to other good causes within the same category.

Sally added: “But this is the community of Trewoon and if we can raise over £8,500 in seven months for RCHT, I'm darn sure we can pull this off too.”

By Natasha Swift 14th January 2021

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