IT’S not all just kitchens and tiles for one company as it strives to raise vital funds for local charities in a summer of fundraising.

Staff at New Image, located on the Granby Industrial Estate in Chickerell, have set themselves a challenge this summer to raise awareness and money for various Dorset charities.

A number of fundraising and community events have been organised this summer, which kicked off with the Big Dorset Cuppa on June 24 raising just over £200. Tea lovers were encouraged to visit the showroom at eight Kent Close and have a tasty cup of Dorset Tea and a slice of cake.

The company also sponsored a Family Fun Day to raise money for Scotty’s Little Soldiers, which supports the children of the fallen British Forces.

Shelley Robertson, the girlfriend of Royal Marine James Wright who was killed in action in Afghanistan five years ago, organised the fun day at Redlands Community Sports Hub. The charity supports children who have lost a parent whilst serving in the Armed Forces and was there for Shelley, who was 23 weeks pregnant when James was killed, in her hour of need. A fantastic £4,500 was raised.

New Image started as ‘The Tile Shop’ on Abbotsbury Road in Weymouth in1989 and has since grown from strength to strength.

In 2010 the Weymouth showroom relocated to its new showroom on the Granby.

Kerrie Phillips, general manager, said: “This year, our team at New Image Tiles, Kitchens and Bathrooms have been focusing on fundraising for various important charities.

“We sponsored the Family Fun Day at Redlands to raise money for Scotty’s Little Soldiers. This was a fantastic day, the weather was glorious and the event was filled with games and activities for kids, plus live entertainment.

“An incredible £4,500 was raised.

“We also took part in the Weldmar Big Cuppa Event. This charity is of particular importance to several of us here who have had a loved one cared for by Weldmar. Our star bakers Angela and Dee made lots of lovely cakes for the event which were so popular we made it a two-day event.”

“On September 30 we will also be taking part in the Macmillan Biggest Ever Coffee Morning and we’d love as many people as possible to join us.”