Sue Ryder’s vintage and retro shop marks its first year in Bridewell Alley, Norwich

Hope Allmark, shop assistant at Sue Ryder's store in Bridewell Alley, Norwich. Picture: Courtesy of

Hope Allmark, shop assistant at Sue Ryder's store in Bridewell Alley, Norwich. Picture: Courtesy of Sue Ryder - Credit: Archant

Volunteers at a specialist vintage and retro shop in Norwich are celebrating one year since its opening.

The shopfront of Sue Ryder's store in Bridewell Alley, Norwich. Picture: Courtesy of Sue Ryder

The shopfront of Sue Ryder's store in Bridewell Alley, Norwich. Picture: Courtesy of Sue Ryder - Credit: Archant

The Bridewell Alley shop, run by Healthcare charity Sue Ryder, opened a year ago this week and will mark the opening with a celebration on Saturday, April 15.

Kate Bloomfield, assistant shop manager, says 'We're thrilled that in the year since it opened the Bridewell Alley shop has become a go-to destination in Norwich for one-off vintage and retro pieces.'

Ms Bloomfield said more volunteers were needed to help run the shop, which helps to pay for Sue Ryder's seven hospices and five neurological care centres across the UK.

She said: 'Anyone interested in volunteering is more than welcome to pop in to our shop this Saturday for a cup of tea, a slice of cake and a chat with our friendly staff and volunteers. We can even arrange a taster session so you can see if you enjoy it.


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'There will be some amazing offers on our selection of vintage and retro stock this Saturday, and donations of high quality vintage clothing, shoes, accessories and bric-a-brac are also very welcome.'

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Hope's story

Hope Allmark began volunteering at Sue Ryder Bridewell Alley shortly after the shop opened and was promoted to sales assistant last autumn.

She said: 'I started volunteering with Sue Ryder Bridewell Alley in May 2016 and it was one of the best decisions I ever made.

'One of the best things I like about our shop is that the people are such a positive, friendly and welcoming group - we are like one big family.

'I discovered a love for visual merchandising and adored having free rein to dress mannequins and build displays.

'I have a background in art and design and on my first day chalked a blackboard inviting people to like our Facebook page. The sign still sits on the desk today.

'The encouragement to be creative here really motivates me.

'I remember thinking 'if I got paid to do this it'd be the best job ever', so being hired in September was a dream come true. It's really helped expand my confidence as well as my administrative and people management skills.

'It's nearly a year that I have been part of the Sue Ryder Bridewell Alley team - and I can't wait for many more months and opportunities to come'.

For more information about volunteering and making a donation, contact the Sue Ryder Bridewell Alley shop on 01603 627951.

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