Elm Park shopkeepers donate more than 50 raffle prizes in just two days to support children’s charity First Step

PUBLISHED: 09:00 08 August 2013

Friends and volunteers from Wiccan Willows with the pledges from other business in the area

Friends and volunteers from Wiccan Willows with the pledges from other business in the area


An Elm Park shopkeeper was amazed when his fellow traders gave him more than 50 raffle prizes for a charity draw – because he’d only asked for five.

Ross Wilson and his colleagues at Wiccan Willows and Shooozzz, in Tadworth Parade, have been collecting for a prize draw in aid of children’s charity First Step.

Hoping to get a handful of items to raffle off, Ross, was astounded when donations started pouring in.

After just 48 hours he’d amassed a plane ride for one, a tattoo, a collection of vintage cars and “lots and lots” of vouchers.

“The prizes have got bigger and bigger,” said grateful Ross. “A lady called Emma who comes to one of our spiritual awareness classes has a baby who goes to First Step, and she wanted to try and get some money for them.

“We usually raise money for RAGS [Romford Autistic Group Support] – but we decided this year we’d help Emma out.

“It’s amazed me. At the moment we’re up to 52 prizes. There’s a plane pilot who needs to keep his hours up so he’s coming out of Colchester and offering a ride in a Robin plane.

“The tattoo shop have given some artwork and the Hobby Shop have given vintage cars.

“There are lots and lots of vouchers, ranging from £5 to £20. And I haven’t even been around all the shops yet.

“It’s amazing that the shopkeepers have given so much at such a hard time.”

Ross said he wanted to thank everyone who had made donations.

“It’s not me who’s done this – all I did was pick up a few raffle prizes,” he said. “It’s all the other shopkeepers.

“It’s a great team effort.”

The raffle will be drawn tomorrow (Saturday). Tickets can be bought from Wiccan Willows and Shooozzz.

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