Ottery’s Magpies raise £4,700 for Hospiscare

Cathy Badley, Pam Joy, Vi Killip and Jo Moorhouse pose with a selection of the jewellery they and ot

Cathy Badley, Pam Joy, Vi Killip and Jo Moorhouse pose with a selection of the jewellery they and other Magpies have transformed in aid of Hospiscare. - Credit: Archant

Hard-working Hospiscare supporters have been recognised for an upcycling initiative that has netted the charity more than £4,700.

The Magpies, made up of members from around Ottery, transform unwanted and broken jewellery into a range of merchandise to sell at local fairs and fetes.

Set up two years ago by Celia Barron, the support group has been nominated for Hospiscare’s innovation in fundraising award.

Cathy Badley, from the group, said: “Everything we make goes back to Hospiscare. I think it’s such a good way of making money - it means it’s not going into landfill.

“We’re really proud and it was nice to think that they [Hospiscare] appreciate us and realise what we are doing.”

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The group collects unsold donations from Hospiscare to clean, mend or transform to sell on. It has branched out into making bracelet kits, gift tags, key rings and Christmas decorations.

Member Pam Joy said: “It’s lovely to be a part of - it’s a team thing. We really enjoy it and it’s a social thing as well.”

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Lauren Mercer, Hospiscare community fundraiser, said: “The Magpies are such a hard-working group of ladies and they should be very proud of what they have achieved for Hospiscare.

“Hospiscare could not do what we do without supporters like the Magpies.”

The Magpies’ next event is at Mackarness Hall in Honiton on Tuesday (January 17) between 9am and noon.

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