A new East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) shop has been officially opened in Norwich.
EACH has acquired the former Budgens supermarket premises in Plumstead Road, where eager early customers spent £665 in the first hour.
Sandy Creasy, EACH Shop Manager, said: “We had 16 helpers sign up at our recent volunteer open day and this incredible support from the nearby community appears to be continuing.
“We’ve had great reaction to our kids’ zone, men’s fashion room and furniture collection, and now look forward to welcoming more people along.”
It was EACH’s first shop opening of 2018 and there was double excitement for supporters, as the charity announced that another opening, also in Norwich, will follow next month.
EACH is moving in at the old Arthritis Research UK shop in Bowthorpe Main Centre on Thursday, 15 February.
Sarah Throssell, EACH Shop Acquisition Manager, said: “We’re very lucky to be so well supported in Norwich and the Bowthorpe Main Centre shop will be our fourth in the city, adding to ones in Aylsham Road, Unthank Road and here in Plumstead Road.
“Customers can expect the same range of high-quality goods they’re used to and, as ever when we open new shops, we’re on the lookout for good-quality donations and volunteers to help us become successful.”
After the Bowthorpe Main Centre opening, EACH’s retail portfolio will consist of 28 shops, with 12 of those in Norfolk.
The charity is always looking for donations of the following clean and good-quality goods to sell: 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 Plumstead Road shop now or at the Bowthorpe Main Centre outlet from Monday, 5 February.
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 its Retail Distribution Centre on 01842 821620 for more information.
All money raised by EACH shops helps the charity continue providing care for over 360 children and young people with life-threatening conditions, and support for their families. In the past financial year the charity’s shops generated an impressive profit of more than £900,000.