‘Thanks to the people of Framlingham’ – hundreds raised at late night shopping for worthy causes

Framlingham's late night shopping event raised £700 for charity. L-R Bob Bulstrode, Amy Goulding, N

Framlingham's late night shopping event raised £700 for charity. L-R Bob Bulstrode, Amy Goulding, Nick Corke, Rosie Paternoster, Karen Haynes. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

A Suffolk town’s late night shopping event has raised funds for three worthy causes.

Framlingham retailers have presented proceeds from a grand draw held on the night – £500 to The Worry Tree Cafe, £100 to Framlingham Rotary Club and £100 to the Trishaw Appeal.

The Worry Tree Cafe was launched in Framlingham in May by Hour Community and Millie Mitchell, following a battle with mental health issues.

People are invited to a “drop in cafe” for two hours each week, offering a chance to talk with other in a similar situation.

Ms Mitchell said: “The Worry Tree is now providing support and helping other so they don’t feel as alone as I did.

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“I would like to thank the organising committee, the people of Framlingham who bought tickets and supported the late night shopping as well as Framlingham Rotary Club and Care UK for the use of their day care centre.”

The Worry Tree, which has Ed Sheeran as its patron, is open every Friday during the festive period from 4.30-6.30pm in Mills Meadow care home’s day care centre.

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The Trishaw appeal is seeking £7,000 to buy a cycle powered chair to help older people enjoy trips out in the countryside.

Bill Bulstrode, of Bulstrodes, who helped organise the late night shopping said it was “hugely supported” by the town and visitors.

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