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Paint a Pot Place in Bourne is given a stay of execution after Go Fund Me campaign

A family-run business say they feel overwhelmed after a fundraising campaign has given them a stay of execution.

There were fears that Paint a Pot Place, in Wherry’s Lane, Bourne, run by husband and wife Derek and Claire Smalley, would be forced to close because of a lack of money.

B u t t h a n k s to C l a i r e setting up a Go Fund Me page appealing for help, the pottery painting business has raised more than £4,000 since it was set up on Friday last week.

Derek and Claire Smalley
Derek and Claire Smalley

Derek, 52, from Bourne, said: “It’s a struggle to keep running a business anyway but we had our kiln break when it overheated. We thought we could claim off the insurance because it was a maintenance issue but we couldn’t.

“We have been struggling to pay bills for a while and the kiln breaking was the final straw. We both love doing what we do and don’t want it to close because it’s so enjoyable.

“Claire hasn’t taken a wage for years really.”

Paint a Pot Place, which caters for the creativity of adults and children alike, was set up by Claire in 2015 and she employs a part-time member of staff and a Saturdays-only worker.

She is also battling thyroid cancer, for which there is no cure, and the illness leaves her feeling fatigued.

Derek said the £4,000 would allow them to pay some bills and get the kiln fixed.

H e a d d e d : “ I t ’ s overwhelming really, the response that we have had. We keep doing extra activities to try to raise some more money.

“It’s got us over the amount that we needed, but we could do with a little bit more.”

Mr Smalley said Paint a Pot Place had struggled last summer because of the hot weather, but pottery painting was more of a cold weather activity.

To see the fundraising campaign details, click here.

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