Keep making the tablet, Margaret!

Dunshalt Post Office, 23 The Wynd, Dunshalt KY14 7HE;'Postmistress Margaret Sutherland  presenting a cheque for �10,000 to Harmony from charity Canine Partners. Also in pic;  Bogon Sales, Violet Crawford and Natasha Sutherland with Dale Gormley & Sally Hydell from Canine Partners'photo; WALTER NEILSON

Dunshalt Post Office, 23 The Wynd, Dunshalt KY14 7HE;'Postmistress Margaret Sutherland presenting a cheque for �10,000 to Harmony from charity Canine Partners. Also in pic; Bogon Sales, Violet Crawford and Natasha Sutherland with Dale Gormley & Sally Hydell from Canine Partners'photo; WALTER NEILSON

0
Have your say

TWO Dunshalt ladies are enjoying the sweet taste of success after raising a whopping £10,000 for charity - by making tablet!

Village postmistress Margaret Sutherland and her friend Violet Crawford have produced between 50 and 100 bars a week over the past two years in a bid to reach their fund-raising target.

This week they presented the cash to the national charity Canine Partners, which provides specially-trained dogs to help people with disabilities.

And it brings to well over £20,000 the amount raised by Margaret since she began selling her homemade tablet in the post office shop a few years ago.

She has already bought a hearing dog for the deaf as well as a guide dog for the blind, which went on to produce nine puppies, all subsequently trained as guide dogs themselves.

It all began when Margaret (60) was treated in hospital for breast cancer.

She said: “I had so many flowers and cards from well-wishers in the village that I wanted to thank them in some way — and the only thing I could think of was making tablet for them.

“They liked it so much that they said I should start selling it in the shop, and that was when I decided it was a good way of raising money for charity.”

Although Margaret used to make the tablet herself, she has now developed rheumatoid arthritis, and no longer has the strength needed to make the mix.

But that didn’t deter her from her fund-raising target, and she drafted in 66-year-old Violet.

“When I could no longer do it myself I passed on my techniques to Violet,” explained Margaret.

“The secret of great tablet is knowing when to take it off the heat.

“I spent an evening with Violet making sure she got it just right.

“I was determined to raise as much as I could for these life-changing dogs.”

And Violet was more than happy to be involved!

She said: “I have been making four batches a week.

“The response has been amazing. It is fantastic that such a small community can achieve such an amazing amount of money.”

The tablet has proved so popular people come from miles around to purchase it, including a tourist who bought eight bars to take back to her home in Australia.

The £10,000 will pay for the training of a puppy and potentially change the life of a person with a disability.

Sally Hyder, who has multiple sclerosis, visited Dunshalt this week along with her canine partner Harmony to accept the donation on behalf of Canine Partners.

Sally said: “Now I have Harmony I get out every day. I do my own washing and shopping.

“I have the energy to do things. If I drop things I don’t have to ask a stranger or my family to pick up after me.

“She even goes for help if I happen to fall out of my wheelchair.”