Saturday, 13 July 2019 00:00

Party vibes in Poringland as charity shop celebrates first birthday

Written by  Michael Jarvis
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Party vibes in Poringland as charity shop celebrates first birthday

There were balloons, banners and bunting aplenty at a charity shop in Poringland as staff and volunteers celebrate its first birthday.

As well as being able to browse for a bargain, customers of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) are being treated to cakes. A guess the name of a giant teddy bear competition is running and any children dropping by can pick up a free book.

The shop is on the doorstep of the nook, EACH’s new hospice that has been under construction since November 2017

Maria Hall, Shop Manager, said: “It’s been a great first year becoming part of the community here and I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who’s donated items and volunteered here over the 12 months. Excitingly, the nook is now close to opening and we hope people in the area continue shopping here to support our service caring for children and young people with life-threatening conditions, and supporting their families.”

The shop, in Overtons Way, is open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday. Chartered surveyor Ben Du Brow cut the ribbon last year. He was one of three vendors of the land EACH bought to build the nook – and he very generously donated all his share back.

EACH shops are always in need of donations of the following clean and good-quality items to sell: clothing, bric-a-brac, modern paperbacks, toys, jewellery, DVDs/CDs, household linens, retro and vintage clothes, and small electrical items.

EACH also needs donations of good-quality furniture and can collect it free of charge if you are unable to transport it yourself. You can contact the charity’s Retail Distribution Centre on 01842 821620 for more information.

Anyone interested in more information on volunteering at the Poringland shop can drop by for a chat, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01603 984498.

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