Gift donations leave charity founder ‘bowled over’

Pictured with the Christmas gifts are Waitrose staff Natalie Laverick, Bryony Mason, Chloe Brand and

Pictured with the Christmas gifts are Waitrose staff Natalie Laverick, Bryony Mason, Chloe Brand and Sue Peploe. - Credit: Archant

Charity founder Robert Barnes said he was “bowled over” by the response to a collection of Christmas gifts by staff at Ely supermarket Waitrose.

Mr Barnes, founder of the Lisa Barnes Memorial Fund, called in to the Brays Lane superstore this week to collect dozens of items donated by staff.

He said: “ I was bowled over by the huge amount they had managed to collect. I use these mainly at the fund-raising events at Addenbrooke’s Hospital when I have a stall every eight weeks, so these are very welcome indeed.”

If you have any unwanted Christmas gifts, you can donate them to the Lisa Barnes Memorial Fund at any of the drop off points in Ely, including are Burrows Bookshop, Premier Travel, and the Ely Standard office, in Fore Hill.

Mr Barnes will be at Sainsbury’s, in Lisle Lane, Ely on Saturday where Charlie and Molly will be singing tracks from there CD Wish You Where Here between 1-3pm. Lisa’s fund has reached £114,000 since it was launched in October 2010.


You may also want to watch:


Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter