Last year you might have noticed lots of scarves, cowls, snoods, hats and ear warmers on sale at Witches Craig. All of them were hand-made by park owner Veda Dewar and her friends and over the season raised an amazing £8000 for charity.
All the money raised was donated to “Maggie’s”, a charity which provides free practical, emotional and social support for people affected by cancer. A new Maggie’s Centre will open soon in the Forth Valley and £8000 is enough to allow the expert staff to provide three days of care for cancer patients along with their friends and family. This involves stress reduction and relaxation, workshops, advice about benefits, eating well and specialist advice for managing the effects of treatment.
The knitting, the fundraising, the donation and the charity were all chosen with Veda Stephen in mind. Veda ran Witches Craig for over thirty years before handing over the reins to daughter and current owner Veda Dewar. Veda died from stomach cancer in April last year and is missed every day by those who knew and loved her.
Daughter Veda said, “Mum was on an emotional and physical rollercoaster through her illness, but each day she made the most of what she could. I chose Maggie’s in the hope that many other people who are not as brave and strong as my Mum get the practical, emotional and social support that they and their family need at such a difficult time. The generosity from customers is overwhelming, with many buying our knitted creations and many simply giving donations in memory of mum.”
Fundraising for Maggie’s Forth Valley is ongoing with work expected to begin soon. For more information visit www.maggiescentres.org