Sudbury enterprise nets £20,000 for charity

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A REFRESHMENT booth, which has already raised £20,000 for charity this year, could be open all year round.

The cabin in Sudbury’s Belle Vue Park was taken over by the town council in April in a bid to ensure its long-term future.

The facility – which provides drinks, food and ice creams seven days a week to those who visit the park in Newton Road – has already taken nearly £20,000 despite being closed for several days due to poor weather conditions.

Profits from the cabin will go towards supporting five charities in the town – Helping Hands, community transport operator Go START, the Quay Theatre, Eden’s Project and AFC Grassroots.

Town clerk Sue Brotherwood said the success of the cabin was fantastic news.

“The very reason the council agreed to take over the cabin was because it knew it was very popular and that local people would not want to lose it,” she said.

“If you look at its success so far this year, it would seem the decision was fully justified.

“When you consider that we have had a considerable amount of bad weather this year, which has meant the cabin has been closed on 40 days, the amount we have taken is remarkable.”

It is hoped the facility will continue to raise significant funds throughout the remainder of the year, and plans to keep the cabin operating during the autumn and winter, serving hot soup and rolls, are being explored.

“The cabin should continue to make a considerable amount of money for as long as we have good or reasonable weather,” said Mrs Brotherwood.

“We will monitor sales during those times and see what the demand is. If people use the service, it could be open all year round.”