There's no masking it - Kelly and the Dowricks team are champion fund-raisers

Hospice fund-raisers

The team at Dowricks, Sandra Dodwell and Debbi Shotton - Credit: Submitted

Fundraising through lockdown has been tough, but Dowricks Chemist in Chelston, Torquay, have managed to raise a massive £8,825 for Rowcroft Hospice since the first lockdown in 2020!
Rowcroft is close to the heart of the staff and they have been fundraising for them for many years, raising over £17,000 in total so far. From counter collection tins to Christmas and Easter raffles, nothing is too much trouble for them, and their customers are always very generous.
Initially it was Kelly Dowrick who recognised the need for washable face coverings.

Kelly got busy on her sewing machine and the first batch of colourful, re-usable face coverings were produced.
The demand was high, and the masks were selling out quickly, but help was at hand from customer Sandra Dodwell from Marldon. Sandra took up the baton and set to work.

Her husband designed a template and Sandra made the masks from her own fabric supplies. They proved very popular indeed, and by the middle of June 2020, Dowricks were able to send a cheque to Rowcroft for £1,435 
Whenever her fabric supplies ran low, Sandra visited Rowcroft’s shops and purchased items of suitable material from there.

Rowcroft Community Fundraiser Debbi Shotton said: “We were amazed that so much had been raised from the making and selling of the masks. I had to pop along and meet Sandra and the team at Dowricks to learn more.”

Hospice worker

Rowcroft's Debbi Shotton - Credit: Submitted

All Sandra could say was: “It’s not enough. It will never be enough. Rowcroft do such important work."
Rowcroft rely on voluntary donations to enable them to continue to care for almost 2,500 local patients every year. Debbi said: “Sandra doesn’t realise what a difference she is making. The amount raised could provide over 275 hours of vital care to patients in their own homes when they are facing their last days and hours.

“81 per cent of people would prefer to die at home, but in South Devon only 24 per cent of people achieve this. People like Sandra and the staff at Dowricks can help our Hospice at Home team change this.”