Hunstanton shop celebrates a successful year after splitting from national charity

Outside the Hunstanton Charity Shop are (from left) Maureen Penn, David Wrigglesworth and Ann Pethel

Outside the Hunstanton Charity Shop are (from left) Maureen Penn, David Wrigglesworth and Ann Pethell. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: IAN BURT

A charity shop celebrated successful year by raising £12,000 after being asked to close by one of Britain's largest charitable organisations.

Hunstanton Charity Shop was told to shut down by the Royal British Legion last year after it decided it did not want any more shops.

But instead the team of volunteers decided to go it alone and began rasing for various charities.

Each year the team of volunteers vote for the three charities they wish to support.

This year they have once again chosen Help for Heroes, RNLI Hunstanton Lifeboats and Scotty's Little Soldiers.

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Shop chairman David Wrigglesworth said: 'We have done even better than last year. People have really supported us.

'We have a range of charities so that brings a lot of different people to us.'

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When the shop was asked to close down after six months the team of volunteers decided they still had a lot to offer and gave the legion £9,000 before choosing their new charities.

Mr Wrigglesworth said: 'We have got a lot more freedom, all the three organisations are good causes and it is nice to help them all.'

All staff are volunteers which means the shop has very few overheads to cover with all other funds raised going directly to the chosen charities.

Volunteer Ann Bithell said: 'People have got to know us. We have regulars who come in to see us whether they are buying something or not.

'We are friendly and greet people and I think that makes a difference.'

Each of the three charities were given £4,000 which had been raised by the shop.

Nikki Scott, founder of forces charity Scotty's Little Soldiers, said: 'We are really chuffed with the support they have given us.

'When any charity raises money for a whole year it makes a difference but for them to choose us again is fantastic.

The Royal British Legion could not be reached for comment.

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