Customer’s diagnosis sees shop lead Primrose appeal
The Primrose Foundation will host a stall outside The Original Factory Shop in Fore Street for the SaltFest Festival on Saturday, July 31, where Eileen’s crochet primroses can be bought for a donation.

The Primrose Foundation will host a stall outside The Original Factory Shop in Fore Street for the SaltFest Festival on Saturday, July 31, where Eileen’s crochet primroses can be bought for a donation.

30th June 2021

By Suzanne Cleave

Saltash-based retailer The Original Factory Shop is spearheading a local fundraising campaign in support of breast care charity The Primrose Foundation, which is based at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

The Original Factory Shop, elected to support the Primrose Foundation as its nominated charity for 2021 after a local customer, Eileen Hale, was directly affected by a cancer diagnosis that included breast cancer.

Natasha O’Grady, assistant manager of The Original Factory Shop, said: “Eileen is just one of a number of our customers that have been diagnosed with breast cancer and has received treatment at The Primrose Centre. Therefore we wanted to do something as a team to support the Primrose Foundation.”

The shop is kindly donating 1p to The Primrose Foundation every time a member swipes their TOFF membership card and 1p from the sale of each carrier bag. They are also planning several fundraising events such as fun runs, quiz nights, bake sales and raffles.

Natasha added: “We have already received lots of great prize donations for our upcoming raffle from other Saltash businesses along Fore Street, such as Fresh Fox, Nicky’s Glow bead, Treasure Island, Gallery 53, The Bookshelf and No 62 Café.

“I am also planning on taking on a skydive challenge myself this year. We want to do all we can for this amazing charity which is close to our hearts.”

Eileen Hale, 79, herself a former Saltash businesswoman and retailer, was shocked with her original diagnosis of womb and breast cancer earlier this year. She said: “Everything happened so quickly, from seeing my GP to getting my results, it was almost like a whirlwind. “If the truth is told, if it were not for a friend pushing me, I do not think I would have even gone to the GP as I did not think it was anything to worry about. I certainly didn’t expect to be given the devastating news that I had cancer of the womb and breast. “

“Cancer treatment can be extremely tiring, however, I have bounced back and decided that I want to give back to one of the services that took such good care of me.”

Eileen, who previously owned the Wool Shop in Saltash’s Fore Street, has now put her creative skills into action by hand crocheting over 160 primroses to directly fundraise for the charity. Eileen plans to sell her woollen flowers at the forthcoming Saltash July Festival — Saltfest.

Eileen said: “The Primrose Foundation provides funding, not only for equipment, research and education but also front-line roles at Derriford hospital’s breast cancer services. They are a local charity and I really wanted to do something to support them as a way of saying thank you for supporting me.”

Madeline Matthews, fundraising co-ordinator at the Primrose Foundation said: “Eileen’s primroses are wonderful, and we are delighted that both Eileen, The Original Factory Shop and other retailers in Saltash are fundraising on our behalf. “

“The past 12 months have been a challenging time for many charities, and we are genuinely touched by the continued support from the local community in Saltash.”

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