Helping Others

The Charitable foundation was set up in the summer of 2007 by David Rayner and Caroline Owen, Chairman and Managing Director respectively of Scotsdales Garden Centre. It was inspired by the plight of a local charity, the Cambridge Cancer Care Help Centre who were threatened with eviction from their premises as the owners wished to redevelop their site. By the end of 2006 Cambridge Cancer Care Help Centre had been searching for a new home for three years without success.

The foundation's first project was to erect a single storey building, the 'David Rayner Building' to accomodate the Cambridge Cancer Care Help Centre on a portion of the land made available for that purpose by Scotsdales Garden Centre on its site in Great Shelford. Planning permission was granted in May 2007 and construction started in June 2007 not a moment too soon as the Cambridge Cancer Care Help Centre was required to quit its home at the end of August 2007.

Scotsdales Charitable Foundation's "Supporting Cambridge Cancer Help Centre" appeal generated huge support from local businesses and the local community and press. Fund raising events such as a football match, carol singing and several craft fairs have been held and Scotsdales Charitable Foundation has received support from the Shelford Feast, Sawston Fun Run as well as many donations from members of the public. Building, labour and materials worth £283,000 were donated and to date over £200,000 of cash donations have been received. The new building was completed in early 2008 and the Cambridge Cancer Help Centre moved into its new home on 1st April 2008.

To find out more about the Cambridge Cancer Care Help Centre, please click here.

But Scotsdales Charitable Foundation still needs to raise over £35,000 to finish paying for the building. Please help if you can, every pound of money raised or donated makes a real difference.

Scotsdales Charitable Foundation, Registered Charity No.1120743

For more information or to make a donation please contact:

David Rayner or Jenny Ferro 01223 842777