Village coffee shop launches bunting challenge for children’s charity


The great British tradition of making bunting is being used to support a children’s charity.

O For Coffee, in Oakley, is challenging its customers to make the colourful party decoration and enter it into a best bunting competition.

It costs a pound to enter, with all money going to The Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity, which provides emotional and practical support to families who have a child with a life-threatening or terminal illness.

The Bunting Challenge starts on Friday (February 14). People can make and decorate their bunting in any way, but a simple pattern is available from the shop or from

It costs £1 to enter the competition, which features prizes donated by the coffee shop, in the hope it will raise at least £200.

The bunting will be on display in the shop for some months before being donated to a local institution.

Shop manager Daphne Wakelin said: “All of our staff and most of our customers are from the Oakley area.”

“The community supports us, so of course we must support the community, and we’re happy to be involved.”

O For Coffee shares its space with Tudor Rose Patchwork, which is also involved in charity work. Currently there are over 80 quilts at the shop ready to be donated to Project Linus which aims to provide quilts as comforters to sick children.

Owner Sandra Crow is fully behind the charity work of the two shops. She said: “We are proud and happy to support our customers’ efforts.

“It’s great to see all of that creativity engaged to help others!”