Wednesday, 21 May 2014


Tourists flocking to The Buttermilk Shop in Port Isaac, one of the filming locations for the hit ITV series Doc Martin have helped to raise £1,000 for the Cornwall Air Ambulance.

The Buttermilk Confectionery Company sells its award-winning fudge from the Port Isaac shop which doubles as Mrs Tishell’s Pharmacy in the show; the only landmark in the village that fans can actually enter.

Mike Meakins, who works at the shop, along with his son-in-law Ben Broadhurst of Concorde Copiers, has been re-producing copies of a feature about Doc Martin inside Australian magazine TV Week and selling them to tourists for £2 a copy.

From left to right: Susie Smith, fundraising manager for the Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust, with Sarah Taylor and Mike Meakins from the Buttermilk Shop at Port Isaac.

This is the second year that funds have been raised in this way; last year, the Air Ambulance and the RNLI shared £2,000 and a further £1,000 was handed over to the Cornwall Air Ambulance this week.

Mr Meakins said: “We get a lot of visitors from all over the world coming in to buy fudge and have their picture taken in the shop. The article is a useful starting point for exploring the village and people are delighted to be able to contribute to two such worthy local causes.

Tracy McDonnell, co-owner of The Buttermilk Shop and the Buttermilk Confectionery Company, added: “Well done to Mike and the team in the shop once again for raising this great sum for the Air Ambulance. Like everyone in the county, we are hugely grateful for the wonderful work that the Cornwall Air Ambulance does.”

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