Holbeach charity shop to the rescue for Parkinson’s UK

GOOD TURN: Patricia Burgess, Iris Boland, Peter and Val Crewe, Len Burgess and Vivienne Priestman at Chosen Charity Shop's cheque presentation to Parkinson's UK.  Photo (TIM WILSON): SG110217-192TW
GOOD TURN: Patricia Burgess, Iris Boland, Peter and Val Crewe, Len Burgess and Vivienne Priestman at Chosen Charity Shop's cheque presentation to Parkinson's UK. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG110217-192TW
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A charity shop in Holbeach has donated £3,000 out of the blue to Parkinson’s UK to support a special cause.

The Chosen charity shop in High Street is becoming well known for supporting many different charities in South Holland and Lincolnshire since it opened in 2011.

Chosen has donated to Parkinson’s UK in the past and treasurer Iris Boland, one of its volunteers, has a personal reason to choose the charity this time.

Iris’s niece Donna Marshall will run a half-marathon on February 19 to fund vital research into Parkinson’s Disease on February 19.

Iris said: “We want to make a difference to people’s lives and the reason why we can raise so much money is because the shop is run by volunteers who don’t get paid and all the money is made through selling items at the shop.”

Donna, of Tunbridge Wells, Kent, wants to take on the race to help Parkinson’s UK continue their research into finding a cure for the disease just in case her three-year-old daughter Beau has inherited the gene.

The reason why we can raise so much money is because the shop is run by volunteers who don’t get paid

Iris Boland, Treasurer, Chosen Charity Shop, Holbeach

Although only a small percentage of Parkinson’s can be inherited, it has run in Donna’s family for four generations.

Donna said: “I’m concerned because of my family history, however, they cannot do a test to see if I have definitely passed it on to Beau.”

Donna didn’t realise that cases of Parkinson’s could be inherited prior to having Beau.

But now she is aware of it and determined to raise awareness and funds for the most common form of dementia which has no cure.

Chosen is suitably named due to the way they “choose” which charities they will support.

Last year, the charity shop gave more than £41,000 to a variety of good causes between February and November, just over their 2016 target of £40,000.

There are 18 volunteers in all and they have helped causes like Mencap, Help for Heroes, Macmillan Cancer Support and the Scouts.

More recently the charity shop donated £3,000 to Help for Heroes on February 4 and £1,500 to cerebral palsy patient Alice Bates for her therapy play room.

In total, Chosen will have raised £7,500 in just four weeks through its selfless volunteers.