Local business steps in to help 82-year-old grandad making reindeer for charity

UPDATE: Palladium in Kingsbridge has "proudly" stepped in to support Brian again by supplying timber and glue to complete his orders in time for Christmas.

Brian Dean with Maureen Clarke, Palladium shop manager, and Sylvian, who has been "very helpful" with his endevour

The Go Fund Me will stay live and anything raised will be donated to St Luke's Hospice and Cancer Research UK alongside the proceeds from Brian's wooden reindeer. 

ORIGINAL: An 82-year-old grandad has been staying busy over lockdown by making wooden reindeer and donating the profits to St Luke's Hospice and Cancer Research UK

Brian Dean with his festive creations


Brian Dean, from Salcombe, has been making the adorable wooden reindeer for six weeks and has had orders for around 250 of them, something he "can't quite believe" himself. 

In order to make sure all the money from the sale of the reindeer could go directly to the charities, Brian was buying the wood himself, but this became quite expensive. He received a kind donation of wood from Palladium in Kingsbridge, who have also offered him cost price for any further materials he needs but he is now asking if anyone could spare a pound or two to help him fulfill his orders for Christmas. 

In order to help make this happen, his family have set him up a Go Fund Me page to raise money to buy the materials needed to create new reindeer. 

Brian is selling his reindeer at £7.50 each, meaning he will have raised nearly £2,000 for St Luke's and Cancer Research by the time he has completed his current orders. 

Brian is selling his reindeer at £7.50 each, meaning he will have raised nearly £2,000 for St Luke's and Cancer Research by the time he has completed his current orders

Brian's granddaughter Bonnie explained that his idea for the reindeer came after his experience living in the United States of America. "Grandad lived in the US for a few years and everything over there is all huge decorations and they celebrate every occasion", she said. "He made his wife a full-sized red phone box, complete with a working phone, for the garden so she didn’t have to go back into the house to take a call!"

After his wife died, Brian moved home and he's been making things to keep himself busy. Bonnie continued: "He made some reindeer last year, just for family, but this year we wanted to share them around, he didn’t think they’d sell so had a huge shock when we said how mad the post had gone on the sales page!"

He made some reindeer last year, just for family, but this year we wanted to share them around, he didn’t think they’d sell so had a huge shock when we said how mad the post had gone on the sales page!

Brian decided to donate to St Luke's and Cancer Research after they cared for his son at the end of his life a couple of years ago. 

If you would like to donate to Brian and his reindeer, and help raise money for these two chairties, visit the Go Fund Me page HERE

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