Lifesaving Milestone for Charity Stall
Magpas has managed to raise an amazing £13,725 thanks to its charity stall which has been open for just over a year.
The shop, which takes up a large space of the ground floor at the charity headquarters in Huntingdon, has proved to be a great asset to the organisation, relying entirely on public donations and the hard work of shop volunteers. Business at the shop has soared, with a huge amount of stock being donated; meaning the stall often finds other ways to fundraise with the items. Volunteers take items to car boot sales, and stock is often sold via the app Ziffit, or purchased by East London Textiles, a company specialised in recycling used clothes. On top of that, volunteers hold a cake sale at the charity HQ on the last Friday of every month, where you can buy all items in the stall at half price. The Magpas charity stall is always in need of new stock, so if you have any items to donate, from clothes to books, then please drop in at any time.
Brenda, who helped to set up the charity stall, has said that the shop has changed significantly since it was first established. She said, “Over time we have been given more and more items and the shop is getting busier, people are starting to realise where we are. We are probably the cheapest charity shop in the area.” Brenda dedicates four days a week of her time to work in the shop and is one of 14 shop volunteers. Brenda said, “It is a really social place to volunteer and Magpas is a very good cause, we get no direct government funding and rely on donations and volunteers.”
Tess is another stall volunteer, dedicating her time to help with the day-to-day running of the shop. She said, “I volunteer for Magpas because they saved my life. I want to give something back.”
Debbie, Head of Fundraising at Magpas, has expressed her huge gratitude to all of the shop volunteers at Magpas. She has said, “The dedication of the shop volunteers has been amazing, and so has the response from the general public, with so many items being donated.” Debbie explained, “Thanks to everyone’s support we can continue to bring A&E care by land and by air to patients in life threatening emergencies- in Cambridgeshire, the East of England and beyond.”
Despite the number of hugely committed volunteers, Magpas is asking for more people to help out at the shop. Debbie said, “We urgently need more volunteers, who can help with extra cover and also volunteer to help sort the stock.”
If you would like to find out more about volunteering at the Magpas Charity stall then please contact Debbie Florence on 01480 371060 (option 2) or email Debbie@magpas.org.uk
You can find the Magpas charity stall at: Centenary House, St Mary’s Street, Huntingdon, PE29 3PE. It’s open Monday-Friday, 9-5pm, so why not pay us a visit and you can help raise crucial funds for Magpas lifesavers.