A Keswick cafe owner who is trying to raise more than £800,000 to buy the building she rents in order to prevent it from being turned into holiday lets is raffling off two tickets for next season’s Liverpool v Man City match.
Chinty Turnbull, who runs Chinty’s cafe started renting the building only one month before the national lockdown. It has only been a few weeks since she discovered that the landlord is planning to sell the building.
Although she has a lease for the next three years, people also live in the flats upstairs and she fears it will be sold for holiday lets, like many other properties that are being snapped up across the Lake District down. Determined to stop this from happening, Chinty started the Buy Back Keswick campaign
After being pledge more than £67,000 and about £7,000 being donated on a fundraising page, Chinty now has two corporate tickets to next season’s Liverpool v Man City match at Anfield that she is raffling off.
She said: “One of my regular customers came in and asked me about the campaign so I told her about the crowdfunding page and how much I was trying to raise.
“So she gave me two tickets for the Liverpool v Man City game next season at Anfield. It’s the corporate package so you get free parking, tickets are worth about £1,000 and you get a three course meal at half term. She said you can auction them, you can raffle them, you can do whatever you like.”
Chinty has now started an online raffle for these, with raffle tickets priced at just £5 each. She plans to keep it live until the end of June and from there a winner will be chosen. Speaking about how the campaign, in general, is going, Chinty added: “A lot of people are coming in and asking about it.
“There are quite a few local people coming in and asking how they can support me, suggesting they can help by doing paperwork or getting together or delivering things. It’s really nice and people are really passionate about it.
“Keswick is a really tight-knit community so that’s been really good. I’m very optimistic, and that’s the only way to be. You’ve just got to be. You’ve got to be really positive. I’ve noticed the last few days driving into work that there are even more for sale signs going up, there is a lot of property moving in Keswick at the moment so it’s even more urgent.
“I just need to keep going on with it and keep being positive.”
Chinty is now working in partnership with Keswick Community Housing Trust – they are a registered charity within the town and they build property as well as find property to buy that they can secure for housing for local people.
Any money raised from the raffle will go to this trust so they can help Chinty and in partnership can raise the money together to buy the building.