A busy charity shop is on the move to a “bigger and brighter” new base in Downham Market. East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) currently trades in the High Street but is relocating to Wales Court, from Thursday, 7th December. The current shop will close on Saturday, 2nd December.
Shop Manager Trudi Betson said: “We’re very excited and can’t wait to get started in our new shop. Our existing base has served a purpose and been our home for many years, since October 2008.
“However, as we’ve got bigger, and our organisation has expanded, it feels like we’ve outgrown it. We needed to move and our new home is perfect. It’s looking fantastic already. It’s on one level, as opposed to our current shop on three floors, and, from a display perspective, it’s classy and stylish.
“This is a fabulous opportunity to bring an even bigger and brighter shop to the town, with more space to sell our range of donated and new goods. We can’t wait and feel sure our loyal customers, and the community in general, will feel equally positive.”
Trudi has been in her role since July, ably supported by Sales Assistant Karen Collison and their team of “brilliant” volunteers.
“EACH is a fantastic organisation to work for and I absolutely love my job,” she said.
“I love the variety of meeting all kinds of fantastic people. It’s also very rewarding being part of something that helps so many children, young people and families. I find that very motivating and this is somewhere I envisage staying for many years, until I retire. I don’t want to go anywhere else.”
Donations can still be dropped at the existing shop and the current team of long-standing volunteers will continue to help in Wales Court. However, Trudi says she is always keen to hear from others keen to join her team and an open day for anyone interested is taking place at the new shop on 30th November.
“I’m blessed with a lovely group of brilliant volunteers,” she said.
“Some have been with us for many years and are a big part of the shop’s success. However, it’s always lovely to hear from anyone else who might like to join us. There are a range of jobs and whatever time people can spare will make a real difference and be much appreciated. A friendly welcome is guaranteed.”
To find out more, pop into the shop, email Trudi.firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01366 380619. Trudi (centre) is pictured with volunteers Margaret Rodwell and Patricia Malkin.