Readers help TCCL Lodge dream become a reality!

Rosalie Wilkie, chair of TCCL Lodge with fundraiser Gaye Steel and Lindsey Alexander, head of features for the Fife Free Press Group. (Photo by Peter Adamson)
Rosalie Wilkie, chair of TCCL Lodge with fundraiser Gaye Steel and Lindsey Alexander, head of features for the Fife Free Press Group. (Photo by Peter Adamson)

Readers of the Fife Herald and St Andrews Citizen have been thanked for their support in making sure a dream to create a holiday home in St Andrews for children with cancer, came true.

For more than three years the voluntary committee at TCCL Lodge has worked tirelessly towards its £500,000 target to buy and renovate a property in the town.

Just before Christmas the ideal property came up but the charity was still £45,000 off the asking price.

However, thanks to our readers, local businesses and organisations, the house purchase has been finalised and the fundraising committee received the keys today (Friday).

Although there is still around £144,000 to be raised to meet the half a million target and to allow for renovations and future running costs to be met, the project has finally become a reality.

This week TCCL Lodge chairperson Dr Rosalie Wilkie said: “Today we picked up the keys for the house in St Andrews which will become the TCCL Lodge.

“We are all very excited to have reached this point in the process of providing a holiday house for families of children with cancer.

“TCCL Lodge will be a home from home where memories can be made and children can be children.

“£45,000 was our target for fundraising in the lead up to Christmas. With the unstinting help of the Fife Herald and St Andrews Citizen and the amazing generosity of many individuals, businesses and organisations in St Andrews and Tayside we have achieved this.

“We are now able to pay fully for our house and we will continue to raise funds for the refurbishment and the ongoing running costs.

Rosalie addedd: “We have been delighted by the response we have had from St Andrews and communities across north east Fife, and wish to thank everyone for their support and for the offers of continued support we have received.

“The refurbishment will be under way soon and we hope that the TCCL Lodge will be available for the benefit of children and families in the summer of 2015.

“We will be updating our website www.tccl-lodge.org.uk with details of the refurbishment and further fundraising events.”

As well as donations from individuals,local organisations and businesses also stepped in to support the campaign including the Byre Theatre which raised £2000 with a special performance of Jack and the Beanstalk, and bucket collections, as well as Balgove Larder, St Andrews New Golf Club and the R&A. Other supporters include students on the Oktoberfest committee.