Shop donates £16,700 to local charities
Six local organisations have received funds to aid their work thanks to the Hunstanton Charity Shop.
Managed by Angela Green the shop has been operated by a team of volunteers for over five years, and each year the team chooses the charities they would like to support.
This year £5000 went to Hunstanton Lifeboat Station, £5000 to East Winch RSPCA, £5000 to Norfolk Accident Rescue Service (NARS), £1000 to 1st Hunstanton Scouts, £500 to Snettisham Scouts and £200 to Guide Dogs.
Mrs Green said: “We are delighted to make these donations to such worthy causes and it wouldn’t be possible without the hard work of our volunteers throughout the year.
“We work with a very small volunteer base and desperately need more helpers to join the team – just a couple of hours a week would make all the difference to us so if anyone is interested in helping please pop into the shop on Westgate or e mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org
“Local charities looking for support can also contact us this way; let us know how we can help but bear in mind we cannot contribute to wages or administration costs for groups, only equipment.
“After many years we are saying goodbye to Maureen Penn who not only worked in the shop but was also our treasurer, we wish her well in her new ventures and will miss her greatly.”
Accepting the donation on behalf of NARS Paul Strutt said: “This money with have an ongoing benefit to so many as we will use it for training; it’s like the ‘teaching a man to fish’ situation and we are truly grateful.” Helmsman Michael Darby from the Lifeboat Station also thanked the Charity Shop and said the money would be used for training on boats and hovercraft in Hunstanton and at the Lifeboat College in Poole.
Picture: Angela Green far left with some of the charities’ representatives and shop volunteers