A washout Bank Holiday brought sunshine for a girl with a rare illness after the opening of an expanded village store raised £600.
The Emneth Spar shop, run for 15 years by husband and wife John and Jean Fleet, held an open day last Monday to unveil its new-look store. The ribbon was cut by 95-year-old Bill Barnes, a Second World War veteran and one of the shop’s oldest customers, and money was raised on the day for local girl Evelyn Rust-Dilno, 4. At just four-months-old she was diagnosed with microcephaly, a rare neurological condition that affects the growth and development of the brain, and her family are trying to raise £7,000 for a sensory room for her. The day included food and wine tastings, face painting, balloon twisting, a DJ, and free coffee and tea. Thanks to funding from Natwest, Mr and Mrs Fleet increased the size of their shop by more than 40 per cent, and improved accessibility for wheelchair users. They also installed a new eco-electricity system in the store’s chillers, which will reduce its electricity consumption by a third. • Pictured at the Spar shop are Natwest’s Martin Brooks (left) and Jean and John Fleet. Photo: SUPPLIED