A COMMUNITY that just keeps giving has raised almost €77,000 over the last 15 years to help fund village projects.
The Hondon de Los Frailes Community Shop was opened in 2004 to raise cash to support the local medical centre, and it has gone from strength to strength.
Founder Sue Ashley said: “I opened the Community Shop in October 2004 to raise funding for a de-fibrilator for our local medical service. By September 2005 the medical centre was equipped with a de-fibrilator and a pulse oximeter.
“Progression from there has been outstanding. Local people donate unwanted items which are then sold in the Community Shop. Basically it’s 100 per cent recycling.”
Sue added: “To date €76,724.88 has been raised and spent on projects in our lovely village of Frailes.
None of this would have been possible without the full support of our Mayor and Town council.
“We are now entering our 16th year and I wanted to say a huge thank you to the ladies who help me on Fridays we are all volunteers and love what we do. Huge thanks to everyone who donate goods and spend their money on a Friday.
“Every village/town would benefit from a Community Shop it’s a very rewarding way to recycle, a great way of integrating and raising much-needed funds for your area.”
Wheelchairs, walking frames, and crutches are available for temporary loan from the shop for use by residents or visitors to the village. These are available for a small charge and you will be asked to pay a fully refundable deposit.`