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The Cornwater Club Charity Shop today launched its Rags to Riches campaign to raise £1000 to support their older people's activity programme.
The shop on Queen Street, Mansfield, is inviting members of the public and local businesses to bring their 'rags'; worn out or torn clothing, underwear, shoes, bedding, tablecloths, towels, etc to the shop. The rags are then sold to the local recycling merchant to raise funds.
Currently over 85% of textiles are going to landfill sites, which is environmentally harmful. Of this, more than 90% could be re-cycled and given a new lease of life. These textiles can be reprocessed and used to fill vehicle seats or converted to cloth wipes; some clothing and shoes are sent to Africa - there are many uses.
Shop Manager Sharon Baum, pictured, said: "The shop currently recycles on average 12 tonnes of rags each year. We are now asking for support from the local community to recycle another three tonnes to help both the environment and raise £1000 for the four-days-a-week older people’s activity programme run by our club. "
The Cornwater Club, a local charity supported by the shop, aims to offer friendship and stimulation, so helping to reduce the loneliness which many older people experience. The £1000 will be used to introduce new activities including dancing, language courses, photography and many more. The charity hopes to meet its targets by the end of March when it plans to introduce a broader activities programme.
If you would like any further information please telephone Sharon Baum,Shop Manager on 01623 656133
Cornwater Club members were treated to a visit from Joseph Whitaker students in December.
The year 10 students did a magnificant job of entertaining the members; they compiled a Christmas quiz, which led to many a pensive look.! The winning team, the 'A' team not only won the accolade of being the 'best' but were also presented with some lovely home made biscuits.
Further prizes of wonderful home baked cakes were also won during the bingo, 'called' by a few students and played by many!
Afternoon tea was complemented by an array of Christmas biscuits and savouries specially prepared by the students.
The finale was provided by Amee Smith who sang a variety of songs, including "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas". Amee's voice was beautiful.
Member, Sheila Fell, thanked the students for a fantastic afternoon.
All Cornwater Club staff and volunteers have now completed their training on the new Safeguarding Guidelines for Adults at Risk.
The photo shows one of three sessions run at the club. Course leader Tina Thordal is standing.
As one of the local Co-Op's chosen charities to benefit from their membership scheme we continue to visit the Rainworth store and talk to customers.
Co-Op customers who are members can use their cards to purchase Co-Op branded goods and have 5% added to their account for future use; they can also nominate a local charity to receive 1% of their spend.
Chatting to local people, it is fantastic to learn that many have nominated us to receive their 1%, we really appreciate your support; if you are a member or intend to join the membership scheme please consider nominating us as your charity. Thank you.
For further details of the membership scheme see www.coop.co.uk/membership or phone 0800 023 4708 or ask at your local store.
Cornwater Club Member, Cynthia, proudly displays her beautiful God's Eye. The eye was created by weaving an array of brightly coloured wools around two wooden sticks which formed the diamond shape; beads and pom poms were then hung from the bottom.
The God's Eye is more than a mere decoration. Discovered by the Spanish when they encountered the Huichol Indians in Mexico they are veiwed as a religious symbol which offers protection. Known as Ojo de Dios in Spanish they were woven by the Indians when a child was born. Traditionally, yarn was added each year until the child was five when it was deemed complete. The Indians believed they would bring health, good fortune and long life
Photo to the right shows member Cynthia and volunteer, Lisa.
Photo to the left shows Lisa, Cynthia and activity provider, Cheryl who instructed the members how to make their God's Eyes