Shop’s fundraising efforts give cancer retreat big boost

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A charity in Sudbury has received a £500 boost thanks to the fundraising efforts of a popular sandwich shop.

JC’s in North Street, Sudbury, donated the money to the Eden-Rose Coppice Trust after keeping a collection tin on its counter.

Through customer donations, the shop’s gift has enabled the trust to fund vital work to its idyllic retreat for people with terminal illnesses.

Since opening in 2007, the charity has developed and maintained three acres of woodland behind Waitrose in Sudbury.

More than 150 people with terminal illnesses have visited the site, which also gives opportunities to people with learning disabilities to improve their life skills as they help develop and look after the site.

“Maintaining the beautiful woodland site is a constant worry, especially funding the many family friendly features that afford privacy and tranquillity,” said Rob Brooks, the trust’s founder.

“Funding is always hard work but the day-to-day activities are rarely funded, so JC’s contribution is especially important.

“We recently had to adapt our bridge over the wetland area when a request to use our woodland included the use of a mobile bed.

“JC’s customers’ contribution meant we could do it straight away – a huge benefit for the family involved.”

He added that without the support of local businesses and residents, charities such as the Eden-Rose Coppice would struggle to survive.

If you would like to support the charity or find out more about its palliative care assistance, contact Mr Brooks on 07811 111788.