Charity fund brings back memories

John Crighton  (Store Manager) and Gaye Steel (TCCL Charity) with YK Maxx staff members handing over the cheque for �1500 to the charity
John Crighton (Store Manager) and Gaye Steel (TCCL Charity) with YK Maxx staff members handing over the cheque for �1500 to the charity

The manager of Kirkcaldy’s TK Maxx store has been successful in securing £1500 to help children in Fife and Tayside with cancer and leukaemia.

John Crichton, who lives in Balmullo, said he became aware of the massive fundraising campaign being run by TCCL Lodge (Tayside Children with Cancer and Leukaemia) after reading about it in the Fife Free Press’s sister paper the St Andrews Citizen.

John said the charity which helps children and families across north east Fife, is very close to his heart with both of his children being born at Ninewells Hospital, which has close links with the charity and is where most children with cancer receive a referral.

John said he also grew in up St Andrews and has fond memories of playing on the grassy area at Horseleys Park close to where the lodge is situated, he felt it was very appropriate.

“I’m really passionate about TCCL Lodge as it’s a cause that’s close to my heart. It’s a great idea to open a holiday home for children with cancer and their families so they can have some special time together.

“As a result I made an application for a grant to the TK Maxx Community Fund which supports local causes to help families and children.

“I was delighted to hear we’d been granted the money. “

John added that in the last 12 months 150 different UK charities have been supported by the fund which has to be applied for by staff.

The cheque was presented to Gaye Steel from TCCL Lodge at the store in Kirkcaldy’s Mercat Centre on Monday.

She said: “We are very pleased that John nominated the lodge for funding and it’s great to raise our profile across Fife.

“Although we were primarily set up to help children in north east Fife and Tayside the lodge will also be able to accommodate families from elsewhere in Fife.”