A DEDICATED Grappenhall woman has raised more than £20k for charity from selling products outside of her house.

For just over two years, Madeleine Holder has been selling a range of products on a table outside of her Stockton Lane home.

Ranging from homemade preserves, to plants, to handmade face masks, Madeleine’s products have been a hit and she has been able to raise an incredible amount of money for CARE UK and Refugee Support EU.

It all started when the lockdown hit and Madeleine Holder started selling plants.

Madeleine’s brother and sister-in-law would visit her on the way back from Scotland and she would give them tomato plants, but due to the pandemic in 2020 she was left with excess seeds.

Her brother suggested that she should supply the community – so she did.

Madeleine began to grow various plants such as tomatoes, cucumbers and courgettes and she would put them outside to see if anyone bought them.

“It kind of grew from there,” said Madeleine who is a retired social worker.

There is an honesty box that is left on the table outside for customers to leave their money in before taking the products.

Warrington Guardian: Madeleine made around 3,500 face masksMadeleine made around 3,500 face masks

When the facemask rule was then introduced, the talented seamstress then began to make the products. And by the time the rule was relaxed, Madeleine had made around 3,500 facemasks.

She said: “I could make them in my sleep now.

“It just seemed like a good way to keep myself occupied.

“There are only so many times you need to paint the garden shed and clean the house and I like gardening and sewing anyway – so it took off from there.”

Now Madeleine has moved onto preserve making – namely jams, curds and chutneys.

All homemade with fresh ingredients, the preserves have gone down well with customers – allowing Madeleine to continue raising vital funds.

The project has also allowed Madeleine to grow closer to members of the community, whether that be a friendly chat or residents dropping items off such as jam jars, plants or plant plots.

Talking about raising the £20,000, Madeleine said: “I’m really delighted and it’s really nice that people have involved themselves be helping me to do it.”

Warrington Guardian: The products outside of Madeleine's houseThe products outside of Madeleine's house

Madeleine chose to give most of the money to CARE UK and Refugee Support EU as they are both charities that she has been involved with near enough since they began.

CARE UK has a sorting centre in Cockhedge Shopping Centre and helps the town's most vulnerable and refugee families.

It has sent more than 50 containers of supplies to refugees overseas and Madeleine herself has been to Greece and Cyprus several times to work in refugee camps and community centres.

And Refugee Support EU helps refugees that the communities that ‘harbour’ them with much-needed material support.