East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) proudly opened the door to the charity’s new shop in Cambridge today (Thursday 11th April) with a little help from a 14-year-old boy who receives care and support at EACH in Milton.
Ollie Duell, who lives in Kinross Road with mum Claire, dad Gavin and sister Georgina, cut the ribbon at the former Hughes premises in Cherry Hinton Road welcoming in a queue of eager customers.
Ollie lives with a complex medical condition that affects his bowel and stomach.
Claire said: “The best way I can describe EACH is as a safe place, for all of us. It’s a place we can get expert medical care in a homely setting and is such a huge part of our lives now. It’s provides us with much needed care and support through the very bumpy journey that is Ollie’s life. They provide much needed respite for Ollie but also a shoulder for us to lean on which is priceless.”
“Ollie loved opening the shop today – the new store looks amazing and I was so impressed with the amount of stock and great bargains.”
Ollie described opening the shop as a “cool” experience and even picked up some bargains after the ribbon was cut.
Customers flocked through the doors, spending £570 in the first hour of trading.
Catharine Chester, EACH Shop Manager, said: “We’re so happy that our new store in Cherry Hinton Road is open. Thank you to Ollie and Claire for joining us to cut the ribbon.
“EACH is so well known in Cambridge and we already have many loyal supporters. We are always in need of good quality donations and volunteers so if you’d like to know more please do pop in and see us.”
The new shop will trade six days a week from Monday to Saturday, offering the same range of high-quality goods customers of existing EACH shops are used to.
The charity’s retail portfolio is growing at a fast pace, with nine shops having opened last year. This latest one in Cherry Hinton Road will be its second of 2019 and 38th overall including a successful eBay store. EACH already has shops in Histon Road and Cherry Hinton High Street.
It welcomes 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.
EACH also needs 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.