VOLUNTEERS managed to raise £3,000 for Brighter Futures when they took over the Town Gardens Café over Easter.

Old Town Rotary Club president Ray Norman, whose members manned the kiosk, said: “It went really well and it was excellent. It was really good business every day and people were very supportive showing what a lovely community we have here in Old Town.”

“It was really enjoyable to do and provided a stop-gap service for the café so it was a lovely resource for us to use in aid of a good cause and allowed us to support a local hospital charity.”

The money will go towards the Brighter Futures Covid appeal supporting staff health and wellbeing.

Community events fundraising manager Michelle Leighton said: “We’re delighted with this amount of money. It’s been such a long time that people haven’t been able to hold events.”

“Staff have worked so hard in the past year being redeployed and putting their own lives at risk. So we want to support them in every way we can. They worked really hard, it was popular and busy. On behalf of all the staff at GWH, we would like to say thank you. We’re honoured the local community have come together to support us.”

Councillor and rotarian Neil Hopkins said: “We took the opportunity with the café being vacant as it was a superb opportunity to raise money for charity