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Cash flows out of the tiny charity shop with a big community heart

Chosen charity shop presentations to Whaplode Primary School's swimming pool committee, Holbeach and District Youth Centre and Home-Start. ANL-140708-135406001

Chosen charity shop presentations to Whaplode Primary School's swimming pool committee, Holbeach and District Youth Centre and Home-Start. ANL-140708-135406001

A tiny charity shop in Holbeach is splashing cash around a host of good causes and hopes to hit a record £25,000 for donations this year.

Latest recipients of £500 cheques are Whaplode Primary School’s swimming pool committee, Holbeach and District Youth Centre and the family support charity, Home-Start.

Chosen, so called because customers nominate the good causes it donates to, was formed four years ago and is now based at 31 Fleet Street, having moved over the road from its first premises 20 months ago.

Treasurer Iris Boland said: “If you could see the size of our shop and our workroom, you couldn’t swing a cat around in it.

“It’s absolutely minute and yet we do this wonderful trade.

“We have got 16 members of staff – we are all totally volunteers.

“Nobody is paid a penny out of the shop.

“Everything we get in goes to help local charities – I think that’s why we get the full support that we get.

“We would like to thank all of our faithful customers for the continued support that makes our Chosen charity so successful.”

As well as eager buyers, the shop is well supported by people who donate all manner of goods.

Iris said: “We have absolutely everything, bric-a-brac, records, books, clothes, jigsaws and games – you name it, we have it.”

The most unusual item donated so far came in last week – a Safari Burner, a kind of portable barbecue with interchangeable cooking surfaces.

“I have never seen anything like it,” said Iris.

l Last year Chosen gave almost £19,500 to good causes, including £2,000 to King’s Lynn hospital. Among those receiving £1,000 donations were primary schools, Spalding Street Pastors and The Royal Anglian Benevolent Fund.

 

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