A brother and sister business partnership have kindly donated £4,000 to a cancer charity as they leave the store which has been in their family for six decades.
John Carrick and sister Susan took over F G Carrick and Son in Silksworth 28 years ago, following in the footsteps of their dad Fred who first bought the supermarket and Post Office 60 years ago.
Silksworth folk are very friendly and generous. There’s a real sense of community here.Susan Carrick
The pair have now decided to put the shop up for sale, but while sorting out arrangements they realised they had collected £3,957.29 in donations from customers over the years.
They have now decided to pass on the money to Macmillan Cancer Support, after Fred died from the illness.
“It’s sad for us to sell up as we have so many friends here,” said Susan.
“But when we saw how much we’d raised in donations we couldn’t believe it.
“Silksworth folk are very friendly and generous. There’s a real sense of community here.”
Speaking about the decision to pass on the money to Macmillan, Susan added: “With my dad and his grandfather both dying of cancer we thought it was best to give it to them.
“It’s a charity which is very dear to our hearts.”
Liz Airey, Macmillan’s fund-raising manager for Wearside, said: “I would like to say personally thanks so much to Susan and John for choosing to support Macmillan through the Making a Difference Locally Scheme, this will make a real difference to the lives of people affected by cancer in Sunderland.
“Every day a staggering 45 people will hear the devastating news they have cancer.
“This will see the North East population of people living with cancer nearly double between 2010 and 2030.
“Macmillan is going to need to keep growing each year to make sure no one has to face cancer alone.
“We have plenty of opportunities to get involved with the local Macmillan fund-raising team.
“In 2016, we’re particularly keen to work with more local businesses, whose support can make a real difference in their community.”
Those interested in finding out more about how to help fund-raise for Macmillan can call Liz on 07801 307012 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Anyone who has questions about cancer can call the Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 00 00, Monday to Friday, from 9am to 8pm, or by visiting macmillan.org.uk.