Hoping to make bags of cash for cancer charity

Marie Curie nurse Jackie McMaster, Marie Curie community fundraiser Lisa Corfield, Rutherfords Co-owner Jane Rutherford and Emma Scott, volunteer from the Morpeth fund-raising group.
Marie Curie nurse Jackie McMaster, Marie Curie community fundraiser Lisa Corfield, Rutherfords Co-owner Jane Rutherford and Emma Scott, volunteer from the Morpeth fund-raising group.

MORPETH shoppers can bag a bargain in the name of charity, thanks to a new initiative at the town’s department store.

Rutherfords of Morpeth is launching a handbag amnesty for customers to swap their old bag for a 10 per cent discount voucher to use towards a new one from its autumn/winter range.

The old bags, which will be collected in an in-store container, will then be sold in Marie Curie Cancer Care shops across the region.

And if you prefer teabags to accessories, then you may wish to join the Rutherford’s Marie Curie charity tea party instead.

Jane Rutherford, of the Bridge Street store, said: “Everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer so we want to help raise some vital funds for an important charity which does wonderful work here in the North East.

“We expect it to be very popular with our customers, who are both very generous and very supportive of the work we do for charity.”

Marie Curie Cancer Care provides care for terminally-ill patients in their own homes or at one of its nine hospices, including Newcastle.

Community Fund-raiser Lisa Corfield said: “The Rutherford’s handbag amnesty is an incredibly creative fund-raising idea and we’ve never done anything like this before. Our Marie Curie shops are desperately in need of new stock so this is a huge boost for us.

“Rutherfords has supported us in the past by hosting tea parties in its cafe and we are incredibly grateful for its continued involvement and support of the charity.

“Not only is the department store helping to raise money for us, it is also raising awareness of our work in the community.”

The handbag amnesty begins on Saturday, while tickets will soon be on sale for the charity tea party on Wednesday.