A couple from Attleborough celebrating an incredible 30 years of volunteering for EACH are to cut the ribbon at our new shop in Attleborough.
Ann and Roger Kerrison, 78 and 84 respectively, got involved having retired from leading roles at St Mary’s Residential and Nursing Home, in New Buckenham, in 1979. They helped establish our hospice in Quidenham, assisting with the setting up of the kitchen and Ann, as a trained nurse, interviewing members of the first care team.
The hospice opened in 1991 and was a home-from-home for more than 25 years before it was recently vacated for The Nook, our new purpose-built hospice in Framingham Earl. At the launch of the appeal to raise £10 million for it, at the Norfolk Showground in 2014, Ann and Roger met EACH’s Royal Patron, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge.
In the years between they did a huge amount of fundraising for EACH, from placing collection boxes around the region to taking part in our Ride for Life cycling event, and by 2014, the year of their 50th wedding anniversary, they had raised £50,000. They also gave up hours of their time volunteering in EACH offices and at the charity’s fundraising events.
They are now looking forward to opening our new shop in Attleborough, the former Barclays bank in Queen’s Square, at 10am on Thursday, 24 October, and have even had a sneak peek behind the scenes.
Roger said: "We are very honoured and happy to open this new EACH shop in the town and wish them every success for the future."
The shop will trade six days a week from Monday to Saturday, offering the same range of high-quality goods customers of EACH’s 17 other Norfolk shops are used to.
Jason High, EACH Shop Manager, said: “It’s going to be fantastic having Ann and Roger to open the shop, as just a small appreciation for the time they’ve given to the charity over the years. EACH previously had a tiny shop in Attleborough, but reluctantly decided to close at the end of the lease, having struggled in such small premises. This shop is a much bigger, centrally located premises. We’ve been working hard getting it ready for the first day and now can’t wait to welcome both old and new supporters, and really establish ourselves as part of the community here. Please come along and celebrate with us!”
Our retail portfolio is growing at a fast pace, with nine shops having opened last year. This latest one in Attleborough will be our sixth of 2019 and 41st overall.
We welcome donations of the following clean and good-quality goods: clothing, bric-a-brac, modern paperbacks, toys, jewellery, DVDs/CDs, household linens, retro and vintage clothes, and small electrical items. These can be dropped off at the new shop from Monday, 21 October.
We also need donations of good-quality furniture and can collect it free of charge if you are unable to transport it yourself. Call 01842 821620 for more information.