Thursday, 6 June 2013

Dual-Atlantic fundraisers for the Cornwall Air Ambulance on June 22

Port Isaac’s Buttermilk Shop and an enthusiastic US-based Doc Martin fan are holding simultaneous fundraising events for the Cornwall Air Ambulance on both sides of the Atlantic.

Sharon Harbeck moved from the UK to the town of Vancouver in Washington State where she runs an English tea room. On a recent visit back to Cornwall, she popped into the Buttermilk Shop in Port Isaac that doubles for the series’ pharmacy and bought some fudge from Doc Martin aficionado and ‘extra’ Mike Meakins who works there.

Keen to help with the Buttermilk Shop’s drive to raise money for the Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust, Sharon decided that she would invite children to dress as a character from the series at a special “Doc Martin event” on June 22 back at her tea room. She also plans fundraising stalls such as white elephant, a book stall and the sale of plants, flowers and cakes.

She said: “Many of the expats I know here in Vancouver are big fans of the show and are very excited about the Doc Martin day.

“We’re very much hoping to make it an annual event and as ardent fans of Doc Martin and the beautiful part of Cornwall it’s set in, we thought it would be lovely to raise money for the Cornwall Air Ambulance.”

Meanwhile, back at Port Isaac on the same day, the Buttermilk Shop is holding a raffle where one lucky winner will go home with a Buttermilk Fudge hamper filled with fudge and Doc Martin goodies with proceeds going to the Cornwall Air Ambulance. Tickets are on sale now in the shop priced at £1 each and the draw will take place on June 22.

Mike Meakins and Sarah Taylor from the Buttermilk Shop show the fudge-filled hamper that could be won in a dual-Atlantic fundraising event for the Cornwall Air Ambulance.

Mike Meakins from the Buttermilk Shop said: “We get a lot of fans of the Doc Martin show coming in to see the pharmacy and to buy traditional Cornish fudge while they are here but Sharon really has gone above and beyond. We wish her well with her event!”

Tom Matthews, Events Fundraiser at Cornwall Air Ambulance said: “Buttermilk are great supporters of Cornwall Air Ambulance and have been very enterprising in turning their Doc Martin connection into a really fantastic fundraiser. To have this brilliant support now crossing the Atlantic really is incredible, and we are so grateful to Sharon and all her staff and customers for their support!”

The Cornwall Air Ambulance attends around 1,000 emergency calls for help every year throughout Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The Air Ambulance needs to raise more than £2m a year to keep flying.


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