A CONCERTED effort to improve Cupar is set to take another step forward with the opening of the town’s first community shop, dedicated to raising funds which will directly benefit the local area.
‘Caring for Cupar’ will open its doors in the Crossgate on June 18.
Organisers are confident the funds it will raise will go a long way to helping groups like Age Concern and other local groups and charities.
Canon Pat McInally, who is chairman of the management committee, said the community shop has become a reality thanks to local businessman Fahim Ashiq, owner of the Key Store in Ladywynd.
He explained that Mr Ashiq recently bought the building at auction and said he was delighted that it could serve a good purpose.
“We have a good location for the shop and a great management team which includes Isabel Hill who was formerly at Barnardo’s,” said Canon Pat.
“In her role as manager she will be helped by an assistant manager and a team of volunteers who have worked in the charity sector for many years.
“The management committee includes a local lawyer, designer and other professionals who have all given their backing to the project while accountants will also be employed to manage the financial side.
“We all want to work together on a project that will fund-raise for causes in Cupar and the surrounding villages.”
Canon Pat said the community shop, which will occupy the site of the former Opportunity Centre and will be open Monday-Saturday, isn’t intended to compete with local charity shops.
Instead it will sell a range of items including small pieces of furniture and electrical items as well as clothes, toys, DVDs and other bric a brac.
Canon Pat said that once it is up and running local groups and organisations will be able to apply to ‘Caring for Cupar’ for funding.
He went on: “All profits from the running of the project will go to local causes particularly Age Concern, and a sub-committee, of which I will be part, will take requests from other charitable organisations in order to assess their needs and allocate funds each year.”
Charity shops set up in Newburgh and Tayport to raise funds for their communities have both proved very successful and Canon Pat is hopeful Cupar will be no exception.
Anyone who would like to volunteer in the new shop or has items they would like to donate, can contact Bridie Duffy, tel. 01334 653545, or Maddy Fotheringhame, tel. 01334 655911, for more details.