Helping Others

The Scotsdales Charitable Foundation was set up in the summer of 2007 by David Rayner and Caroline Owen, Chairman and Managing Director respectively of Scotsdales Garden Centre. It was inspired by the plight of a local Charity, the Cambridge Cancer Help Centre who needed to find new premises as the owners wished to redevelop their site.

The Scotsdales Charitable Foundation ‘supporting the Cambridge Cancer Help Centre’ appeal generated a huge response from local businesses and the local community and press who offered their help by donating materials, services or their time to help raise money to cover the building costs together with local fundraising events and cash donations.

The Foundation's first project was to erect a single storey building, the David Rayner Building, to accommodate the Cambridge Cancer Care Help Centre on a portion of the land made available for that purpose by Scotsdales Garden Centre on its site in Great Shelford.

The David Rayner Building was completed early in 2008 - a truly remarkable achievement by all concerned as the building work took only 8 months to complete from start to finish. In April 2008 the Cambridge Cancer Help Centre moved into its new home.

Everyone involved in the project worked free of charge and no money has been taken out for out of pocket expenses. This means that with your help we have now raised the final amount and the centre is available to help other charitable groups for lectures, workshops, information days and social events.

The Scotsdales Charitable Foundation continues to raise money to help towards the running costs of the building and other local charitable causes.

David would personally like to give his sincere thanks to everyone who helped bring this project together and all those who continue to help.

Scotsdales Charitable Foundation, Registered Charity No. 1120743. For more information or to make a donation please contact David Rayner or Jenny Ferro on 01223 842777.

To find out more about the Cambridge Cancer Care Help Centre, please click here.