“We need help from the local community” – More donations are needed at EACH’s Bowthorpe shop

Extra donations are needed to support the work of a charity shop in Norwich.

Staff and volunteers are on the lookout for more items to sell at the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) store in Bowthorpe.

Donation levels have dipped since last year and it is affecting both shop sales and profits from the charity’s eBay and Amazon operation.

Manager Michelle Hinton also hopes to receive more items for her bric-a-brac section, as well as CDs and DVDs.

She said: “I’m not sure why it’s happened but certainly something we need help with, by encouraging people to bring in more sellable donations.

“At one point, towards the end of last year, we were receiving 70 to 100 bags of donations a day but now that figure is more like 40.

“We’re particularly short of items for our bric-a-brac section and could do with more things like CDs and DVDs.

“The same goes for small electrical items and perhaps people don’t realise we take that kind of thing.

“The only thing we can’t accept is furniture, because our shop isn’t big enough.

“However, we’re grateful to receive anything else – as long as it’s in good condition and something we can sell.”

The shop is one of four in Norwich, with others in Aylsham Road, Plumstead Road and Unthank Road.

EACH supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex.

It has three hospices, including The Nook at Framingham Earl.

“Being short of donations affects our shop but also has a knock-on effect, because we also supply items to the EACH shop in Unthank Road,” added Michelle.

“It also means we’re short of things to sell on our eBay and Amazon shops.

“This is why we need some help from the local community and surrounding area.”

Michelle is also keen to hear from anyone interested in volunteering at her shop, which is based at the Bowthorpe Centre in Wendene.

To find out more, email Michelle via michelle.hinton@each.org.uk or call 01603 732874.

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Notes to Editors

“We’d heard about EACH and knew they were a fantastic cause that had supported families we knew, but we never thought we’d be the ones that needed them! Sadly, as fantastic as it is, their service will always be required, and every child who needs their help deserves to have it.”

  • We care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk, and support their families.
  • We offer families flexibility and control over where they receive their care and support, including where their child dies – at home, in hospital or at one of three hospices at Milton (Cambridge), The Nook (Norfolk) and The Treehouse (Ipswich).
  • Our family-centred approach includes specialist nursing care, symptom management support, short breaks, wellbeing activities, therapies and counselling, all meeting the individual needs of the child, young person and whole family.
  • We are recognised as leaders in our field, with a reputation for excellence and commitment to pioneering development and innovation.
  • We rely on voluntary donations for the majority of our income and this year need to raise £5.5 million from fundraising and £5.4 million in income from our shops. The year before the pandemic we received just 16% of our total income from statutory sources.
  • EACH Royal Patron – Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge.
  • For more information about EACH, including forthcoming events and how you can help raise funds, visit www.each.org.uk or call the Norfolk fundraising office on 01508 500894.

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For further information about this release please contact:
Matt Plummer | Media and PR Manager | 07738 328058 | Matt.Plummer@each.org.uk

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