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Save Dunfermline's Comic Con

£12,651 of £15,000 goal

Raised by 561 people in 6 months


"Hi everyone

You have all probably heard by now that Dunfermline Comic Con 2018 was cancelled for safety reasons. 

The snow just wouldn’t stop. This was a once in a lifetime Red Weather Warning event for mainland Scotland and couldn’t have been predicted 9 months ago when planning for the convention kicked in.

Dunfermline Comic Con is organised by Little Shop Of Heroes (a small family comic store) as a fund raiser for Books For Schools  A charity aiming to put graphic novels in all of Fife’s  Secondary School libraries.  It is not for profit and a real community event. Over 50 volunteers help out on the day to make it a safe, inclusive and fun day out. It hosts comic creators from across the world and has a mission statement to increase literacy and access to reading for everyone in society.

The late cancellation of Dunfermline Comic Con has left Little Shop Of Heroes in emotional and financial turmoil.

Liittle Shop Of Heroes have already spent a huge amount of money organising and marketing the event and none of that money is recoverable. Very often the least expensive option is the one which is not refundable and we always strive to maximise the charity donation.

We have to pay back the vendors and ticket holders for payments they have made in good faith, in addition to honouring our commitment to Books For Schools and any invoices for services rendered still to come.

We need your help. 

Please help us keep the dream alive."

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Alby, Lou & Sinéad (The Grainger Family)

COURIER STORY HERE
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A message from Alby:

"The feeling of community and support we have received since the cancellation of Dunfermline Comic-Con has been life-affirming. The initial target was set without an expectation that many ticket holders would refuse a refund. We have been taken aback by the number of comic-con supporters doing precisely that. The result is that we are able to reduce the target at this time. The initial target was never designed to produce a profit although any excess would be donated to the Books For Schools fund in any case.

A revised figure of £15,000 is more representative of our new shortfall. We will stop the GoFundMe at midnight on Thursday night after which all of the vendors and businesses will be refunded with our thanks. The online e-ticket holders have already been refunded.

Thank you all for the love and support we have been shown. We will try to ensure that your faith in Little Shop Of Heroes and Dunfermline Comic Con will be repaid with fantastic events and a growing community of readers in the future.

Alby, Lou & Sinéad"
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A message from Alby:

"The incredible generosity of everyone contributing to this GoFundMe appeal has been overwhelming. We have been stunned by the speed with which our friends, family, customers, comic con vendors, ticket holders, guests and well-wishers have rallied around us.


Little Shop Of Heroes and Dunfermline Comic-Con were conceived and are run around the same simple mission statement.

Create a welcoming inclusive environment.

Improve access to reading materials and promote reading for all age groups.

Encourage all forms of creativity.

Treat everyone with respect and dignity.

Have fun.

As a direct result of your assistance and continued support, we will be able to spread the joy of reading across Fife and beyond.

Thank you, Alby, Lou & Sinéad.

P.S. Please "Leave Reality at the Door"
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Amazing article in The Courier highlighting the amazing support you lot have provided to the cause.

Little band of heroes unite to save Dunfermline Comic Con.

When the Beast from the East forced the cancellation of Dunfermline Comic Con on Saturday, it left organisers Alby, Louise and Sinead Grainger emotionally distraught.

Not only that – the family, who also own independent Dunfermline store Little Shop of Heroes – were facing a monumental financial battle.

But now The Force is with them, and hundreds have rallied round to help to ensure future festivals, which brings thousands of people into the town, are saved.

The event has grown year on year with more than 5,000 people expected to descend on Scotland’s new capital of comics on Saturday.

As well as the fun side, the team was giving any profits, and 10% of all adult ticket sales, to its new Books for Schools charity, donating graphic novels to all 19 Fife high schools.

But the weather put paid to all the carefully laid out plans – and that has also left the trio with a financial headache as orders still have to be paid, while still honouring its commitment to charity.

But now a gofundme page has been set up, with Visit Dunfermline director Thomas Moffat urging everyone to help save Comic Con and the local business.

In under 24 hours nearly £7,000 of the £20,000 target has been raised.

“We know Dunfermline will rally round this much loved local business and much needed event at this very difficult time – together we can and will make a difference,” he said.

And that’s what people are doing. Scores are already donating, while many others are declining ticket refunds to help.

John Irvine said: “As a stallholder I have already contacted Little Shop of Heroes and asked them not to refund my table as my donation.”

Thomas said: “The reaction has been amazing, we’ve had Ian Rankin retweeting, and local businesses are totally getting behind it.


READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE:
https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/fife/610903/little-band-of-heroes-unite-to-save-dunfermline-comic-con/
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The Rev. MaryAnn R. Rennie (The Abbey Church of Dunfermline) has also stepped forward in support of the cause:

"As a mum to two of those who regularly visit the shop and who would have been at Dunfermline Comic Con this weekend I know that Sinead, Lorraine and Alby are welcoming, generous and encouraging to the young people who visit them in the shop.

This event in the past has brought together a wide range of people, and added colour to the town as people wandered about in their costumes. As minister of the Abbey Church of Dunfermline I hope others would respond to the goodwill and energy of the Graingers in the aspirations they had for the event, and ensure that the shop and future events are possible."

What a response so far - what a great bunch of peeps you are!!!
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