Keynsham cafe's team effort sees charity receive £2,259

Published on: 06 Sep 2014

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Two cafe owners from Keynsham High Street who have spent the last 14 months organising fundraising events – from baked bean baths to running a marathon – have handed a cheque over to charity.

Maria Spill and Lynda Gregg, who run Cafe Creme, raised £2,259.29 for Hearing Dogs for the Deaf, a target they say they couldn’t have reached without the support of their customers.

The pair, who opened their business in Keynsham four years ago, held cake sales, organised Greek Nights, had themed days in the cafe complete with fancy dress and took part in a sponsored exercise bike ride at the front of their premises.

One member of staff, Corrie Coles, also spent a shift sitting in a dinghy filled with baked beans, raising more than £200 for the cause. Then in April Lynda went the extra mile, running the London Marathon to bring in sponsorship for the charity, which was chosen by customers.

Maria said: “Lynda was absolutely brilliant and we were all so proud of her. Our staff all got involved with so many different fundraising activities and came up with great ideas to raise money and our suppliers also offered generous support.

“But most of all we want to say a big thank you to the Cafe Creme community – our customers are fantastic and get behind everything we do 100 per cent. They often come up with ideas for events and we’re always willing to give it a go. Over the years we have been here we have gotten to know people so well that it feels like a family and we will always do everything we can to support our community – as well as feed them!”

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