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Claude the Crab snips the ribbon at opening of new Cromer charity shop

Written by  Michael Jarvis
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Claude the Crab snips the ribbon at opening of new Cromer charity shop

A new East Anglia's Children's Hospices (EACH) shop in Cromer was declared officially open this morning.

Cromer Pier’s Claude the Crab was the star guest, putting his pincers to good use and helping snip the ribbon. Customers then streamed through the doors, spending £1,019 in the first hour.

Laura Mackay, EACH Shop Manager, said: “We’re delighted to have opened our new shop here in Cromer and really look forward to becoming part of the community. A huge thank you to Claude for his part in what was a very fun morning. Thanks to everyone else who came out, too. We really hope people in and around Cromer will continue supporting us. Please do get in touch if you have items to donate or a few spare hours to volunteer.”

The interior of the former Barclays, at the corner of Tucker Street and Jetty Street, has undergone quite a transformation, with the bank having generously funded large parts of the work as part of its departure. Among other changes, the customer interview rooms have been turned into a menswear department and the bank manager’s office into a dedicated children’s room.

One customer, Charlotte Lennox, said: “I go in a lot of charity shops and I’ve never seen one quite like this. It’s fantastic!”

The shop will trade seven days a week, offering the same range of high-quality goods customers of EACH’s 14 other Norfolk shops are used to.

In the past financial year, the charity’s shops generated an impressive profit of over £1.1 million, putting them firmly in the top 15 for profitability in a national survey of 71 charities. EACH opened nine new outlets in 2018 and this latest one in Cromer is its third of 2019, and 38th overall.

EACH currently offers care to 127 children and young people in Norfolk, as well as support to 168 family members, and the same service to hundreds more across Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and North Essex. It needs to raise £16,800 a day to run the service.

EACH 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 now.

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.

To put into context the difference just a small donation to a shop can make to the vital work EACH does, here are some examples of what your donation could pay for:

-         A top, skirt or pair of trousers worth £5 could pay for art supplies for a session of art therapy

-         A tea set worth £11 could fund an hour of specialist play tailored to a child’s individual needs

-         A nice wedding hat or jacket worth £19 could pay for an hour of vital physiotherapy

-         An item of good-quality furniture or prom dress worth £24 could fund an hour with a psychologist to help guide and support families going through, likely, the toughest period of their lives

Anyone interested in more information on volunteering at the new shop should email Laura at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., call her on 01263 801998 or just drop by for a chat.

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