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Nine facts which shows why EACH’s Thetford-based distribution centre is vital to the charity

PUBLISHED: 13:50 28 October 2017 | UPDATED: 17:32 28 October 2017

Staff and volunteers at EACH's Retail Distribution Centre in Thetford. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Staff and volunteers at EACH's Retail Distribution Centre in Thetford. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices’ (EACH) Retail Distribution Centre (RDC) is vital to the charity. Donations are sorted at the Thetford-based unit to distribute for sale. As it celebrates its third anniversary, here are nine facts about the RDC.

EACH's Retail Distribution Centre in Thetford. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY EACH's Retail Distribution Centre in Thetford. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

• The RDC processes around 400 bags and boxes of donations every week. That’s 20,800 a year.

• It lists and sells 200 items on EACH’s eBay store every week and also packages and posts 150 items.

Jason High, eBay manager at the Retail Distribution Centre for EACH, with some of the donations that can be sold on eBay. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Jason High, eBay manager at the Retail Distribution Centre for EACH, with some of the donations that can be sold on eBay. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

• Around 150 items require portable appliance testing or some other form of testing each week.

Some of the toy and games donations that can be sold on eBay at the Retail Distribution Centre for EACH. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Some of the toy and games donations that can be sold on eBay at the Retail Distribution Centre for EACH. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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• In preparation for the festive season, the RDC recently took receipt of 650 boxes of Christmas cards. Seasonal items including Christmas trees have been donated.

Volunteers Tony Godbold, left, and Roger Bevington in the PAT testing room testing electrical items as they come in at the Retail Distribution Centre for EACH. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Volunteers Tony Godbold, left, and Roger Bevington in the PAT testing room testing electrical items as they come in at the Retail Distribution Centre for EACH. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

• Currently staff are taking around 200 Christmas card orders a week.

Unusual lamps waiting to be PAT tested at the Retail Distribution Centre for EACH. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Unusual lamps waiting to be PAT tested at the Retail Distribution Centre for EACH. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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• Thirteen tonnes of items and waste are recycled each month.

Dawn Bloom, right, staff, with Betty Collins, volunteer, sorting through clothes at the Retail Distribution Centre for EACH. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Dawn Bloom, right, staff, with Betty Collins, volunteer, sorting through clothes at the Retail Distribution Centre for EACH. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

• Four vans distribute items to EACH shops in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, covering 17 different routes and hundreds of miles every week.

Clothes sorted at the Retail Distribution Centre for EACH. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Clothes sorted at the Retail Distribution Centre for EACH. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

• All this work is carried out by just 10 members of staff, who are supported, crucially, by 19 volunteers.

The warehouse at the Retail Distribution Centre for EACH. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY The warehouse at the Retail Distribution Centre for EACH. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

• The staff and volunteers drink 60 cups of well-deserved tea and coffee a week.

EACH support families and care for children and young people with life-threatening conditions.

For more information visit EACH

Christmas items are donated all year round at the Retail Distribution Centre for EACH. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY Christmas items are donated all year round at the Retail Distribution Centre for EACH. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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