Attleborough’s new Big C charity shop pays homage to a postal past

At the opening of the new Big C shop in the former Attleborough Post Office building. From left, Big

At the opening of the new Big C shop in the former Attleborough Post Office building. From left, Big C chief executive Dr Chris Bushby, Attleborough mayor Jeremy Burton, and members of the Big C Bunwell fundraisers. Picture: Courtesy The Big C - Credit: Archant

Homage to a postal past has been paid in the look and feel of a new charity shop in Attleborough.

The new Big C shop in the former Attleborough Post Office building. Picture: Courtesy The Big C

The new Big C shop in the former Attleborough Post Office building. Picture: Courtesy The Big C - Credit: Archant

Cancer charity Big C's new shop was opened this week in a High Street building that housed the town's post office, until it closed last year.

Original panelling and flooring have been kept, and postcard-feature wallpaper, old signage and a 'telephone box' changing room reflect the building's former use.

Jeremy Burton, Attleborough's mayor, officially opened the shop, joined by members of the Bunwell Six, a group of friends who have raised more than £104,000 for the cancer charity over the past 15 years.

Hannah Phoenix said she was thrilled to have taken up the position of assistant manager at the new shop, which is the first Big C has opened in three years.

Inside the new Big C shop in the former Attleborough Post Office building. Picture: Courtesy The Big

Inside the new Big C shop in the former Attleborough Post Office building. Picture: Courtesy The Big C - Credit: Archant


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She said: 'As a local charity, we are really excited to join the Attleborough community and welcome customers old and new.

'Their support is so valuable in the work we do to help those affected by cancer throughout Norfolk and Waveney.'

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Clive Evans, director of income generation and communications at Big C, said: 'Our shops provide an integral part of our charitable income. On average 20 people are given a cancer diagnosis every day in Norfolk and Waveney and the need for our services are increasing daily.

'Customers supporting our new Attleborough shop will be directly helping us to continue providing our four support and information centres, cancer fighting equipment and helping to fund pioneering research programmes.'

Members of the Bunwell Six, who have raised £104,000 for cancer charity Big C over the past 15 years

Members of the Bunwell Six, who have raised £104,000 for cancer charity Big C over the past 15 years. Picture: Courtesy Big C - Credit: Archant

The Bunwell Six members - Ann Dent, Joy Tunmore, Janet Skidmore, Norma Howes,Kathleen Flowerday and Ursula Jackson - have organised scores of fundraising events over the years to support the charity.

Mrs Dent said: 'Although we have become known as The Bunwell Six, there is a group of about 12 of us that have our roles and make it happen.'

The team at the new store is keen to speak to anyone wanting to volunteer, supporting the shop managers.

Duties include sorting stock and helping on the tills.

Big C runs drop-in support and information centres across Norfolk and Waveney, used by thousands of people every year affected by cancer.

To find out more, visit big-c.co.uk or call 01603 619900.

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