North Walsham Sue Ryder shop celebrates 10th birthday

Charity shop Sue Ryder celebrated its 10th anniversary in North Walsham with cake, balloons and special offers for customers.

Also marking a milestone at Monday's event was volunteer Jennie Walker who has been helping at the 28 Market Place shop ever since it first opened its doors.

The shop, which sells donated and some new goods, is enjoying a boom at present, because of the economic climate, according to manager Janet Morris.

'The charity environment is doing a lot better than retail because people can't afford new items - they are feeling the pinch,' she said.

Proceeds from the shop go to fund the charity's work supporting people with long-term serious illnesses including multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, cancer, Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases.

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Sue Ryder facilities include The Chantry care centre in Ipswich.

Ms Walker is one of about nine volunteers at the shop. Others include a woman with disabilities who is in charge of the till, supported by her carer and another volunteer.

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Ms Morris appealed for donations of good quality clothes and bric-a-brac to keep the shop's shelves stocked.

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