Claire turns 10p into £1,130

Claire Whatley has turned 10p into more than �1,000 in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care.
Claire Whatley has turned 10p into more than �1,000 in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care.
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A FUND-RAISER has proved the power of ambition after transforming 10p into £1,130 for a vital charity.

Claire Whatley, of Bury St Edmunds, raked in the cash for St Nicholas Hopsice Care through re-investment, activities and events.

The 28-year-old came up with the unique concept to hit the £1,000 by the end of July during a pub conversation about the recession,

She said: “I happened to notice a 10 pence piece on the table. I was saying a problem a lot of people have nowadays is that they accept that what they have is all they can achieve. We seem to have lost the hunger to do something better.”

She managed to exchange the 10p for more money until she collected more than £30.

Miss Whatley, who is a paralegal for technology company CSR plc, in Cambridge, then spent some of the money on ingredients for a cake sale, which made £330.

Her bosses agreed to match her total and she also received some online donations.

Miss Whatley reached her target by July 12.

She said: “I’m over the moon and stunned.

“I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the people at work. They’ve been so generous.”