The compassionate customers of a Carluke caff have not only raised a cuppa to the seriously ill of Lanarkshire but also thousands of pounds to help them cope with life.
Established for almost a decade now, the Crossroads Cafe was set up by a group of volunteers mostly drawn from the Carluke area, led by Linda Johnson, opening its doors every Monday afternoon to serve up everything from cuppas and home baking to full hot and cold meals to the public, the proceeds going to very worthy causes.
Few of these causes in our area are closer to the hearts of many local families than The Haven.
This drop-in support centre in Forth for folk with life-limiting diseases and conditions has sister branches in Wishaw and Blantyre , all of them dependant on the support of local individuals and of local groups such as The Crossrioads Cafe..
When it recently came time for the Crossroads team to decided where their past year’s proceeds should go, The Haven was chosen as one of the main beneficiaries, receiving a £2000 donation.
This decision was warmly welcomed this week by Scott Cunningham MBE, The Haven’s Fundraising Officer.
He told the Gazette; “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Linda and her fantastic team who, with their hard work, made this very generous donation to The Haven possible.
“This superb amount will help us to deliver our services to families and carers living in our local communities.
“It was great to meet Linda and all at The Crossroads Cafe recently when we were invited over to the Kirkton Church in Carluke to be presented with the very kind donation.”
That money will now go to bolstering The Haven’s vital work, its team of specialist nurses, therapists and volunteers helping local folk to face life suffering from conditions including cancer, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease and Motor Neurone Disease and other serious ailments.
The work of The Haven has won high praise for many years now and it is committed to continuing its vital support for those who need it most in and around its three locations.
As for The Crossroads Cafe, it too is set to carry on, serving up its menu of cuppas and cooking for compassionate causes.