Rasen shoppers help smash £10k charitable fund target

Raising money for Rob's Fund: Nicola Carolan, Jenny Stimson and Rachael Bell EMN-140527-075231001
Raising money for Rob's Fund: Nicola Carolan, Jenny Stimson and Rachael Bell EMN-140527-075231001

Staff and customers at a Market Rasen store have helped smash a £10k charitable fund target in less than six months.

Personnel manager for the town’s Tesco store Nicola Carolan set up Rob’s Fund - along with her husband Nick and their family and friends - in memory of her brother-in-law.

Rob Carolan died in the Waddington Ward of Lincoln County Hospital last October and the fund was a way of saying thank you for the care he received.

But the amount raised has exceeded all expectations.

“It has caught us by surprise really,” said Nicola.

“We wanted to raise £10,000, but in less than six months we have raised over £14,000.

The money has been raised through a number of events held at the store and elsewhere.

The latest fundraiser was a craft fair in the Festival Hall over the bank holiday weekend, which added £400 to the total.

A silent auction in store for customers proved very successful too.

And more than £3,500 was raised from a ball at Kenwick Park in April.

And there are lots more events in the pipeline, including a Christmas market at the Linwood Road store on Saturday November 22.

The target for Rob’s Fund has now been increased to £20,000 and progress can be followed through the fund’s Facebook page.

Thanks go to all for continued support

“Staff and customers are always supportive, but they have been particularly generous for this fund; so many people seem to have a connection with the ward,” said Nicola.

“Rob was only on the ward for his last two days, but we were touched by the love and compassion shown - not just to him, but to all his family and friends too.

“We wanted to say thank you for everything they did looking after him - and us - and we would like to buy a piece of equipment for the ward.

“I know it sounds like a real cliche, but we want to give something back and have something positive come out of something so tragic.

“Thanks go to everyone for their support in helping us raise money.”

Rob Carolan was just 41 years of age when he passed away.

A Chief Petty Officer in the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy, he was based at Culdrose in Cornwall, but returned to live with Nicola and Nick in Hibaldstow when his cancer took hold.

“His behaviour was breathtaking he never moaned, never shed a tear, never a word of doubt or self pity,” added Nicola.