“It was a lovely opportunity to show our appreciation and give them some much-deserved recognition” – long-serving volunteers cut the ribbon at EACH’s new-look Bury St Edmunds shop

A quartet of long-serving volunteers cut the ribbon when a new-look charity shop reopened for business.

The East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) store closed for a fortnight while the team gave it a timely makeover.

In addition to refreshing the décor, the shop’s layout has been revamped with more stock now on display.

It reopened last Monday (5th February) and volunteers Peter Bowyer, Carol Balaam, Gill Portwood and Trudie Spearman cut the ribbon, alongside shop manager Stephen Hughes.

“It’s a real transformation and looks great,” said Stephen.

“We stripped everything out, apart from the flooring and lighting, and have new fixtures and fittings.

“It was much-needed, because the shop was beginning to look slightly dated.

“Now it feels fresh and modern and the feedback from our wonderful customers has been extremely positive.

“Having four of our fantastic volunteers on hand to cut the ribbon was a special moment.

“All have been helping for many years, with three of them since 2010.

“It was a lovely opportunity to show our appreciation and give them some much-deserved recognition.”

Stephen and his team are always on the look-out for more donations, in turn helping them raise vital funds for EACH.

“We’re always very happy to receive people’s donations,” he said.

“There’s a loading bay outside, so it’s easy to stop and drop things off.

“In addition, we’re always delighted to hear from anyone interested in lending a hand and joining our friendly team of volunteers.

“Just pop in and say hello, email me via Stephen.Hughes@each.org.uk or call 01284 706631.”

EACH’s Bury shop is in St John’s Street (IP33 1SJ).

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