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Cake sale raises over £1,000 for store owner who lost house and business in flood

By WBCraig  |  Posted: January 19, 2014

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Michelle Firminger of the flooded Village Stores with volunteer Margaret Smith

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A CAKE sale in aid of a shop owner who lost her home and business in a flood has raised over £1,000.

The fundraising event at the Stag Hunt Inn, Ponsanooth, raised £1,126 for Michelle Firminger, whose shop and home were damaged during a flood just two days before Christmas.

“She has lost so much of her income,” said pub landlord Garry James, “ so this was to help her through the times when she is not operating a shop fully.”

Since the flood, the Stag Hunt Inn has allowed the store owner to set up a temporary shop in its restaurant, which has been manned by local volunteers.

Villagers have been making cakes all week to sell at the event on Saturday. There was also a raffle.

“It was a busy and happy atmosphere showing support for Michelle,” said Mr James.

“The amount of people that came showed that everyone was rooting for her.

“She hadn’t had the shop for long but she was turning it into the village shop we all wanted.”

Ms Firminger is hoping to run the shop from a chalet-style temporary building which was donated by a local company, which preferred to remain anonymous.

The new store sits in the driveway of her neighbour, Jeff Powell.

Ms Firminger is now waiting for shelving and other store fittings, as well as an electricity supply to the temporary building.

The building will act as a temporary store for up to six months while work is carried out on the original shop building.

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