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Charity looks local

Chosen Charity  charity cheques, Holbeach
Back volunteers and recipients including Dorothy Holbrook, June Spouncer, Trish Bowland, Leonie Cronin, Mary Cooper, Michelle and William Pite, front Dennis Pearson, Guide Dogs for the Blind with Ozzie, Margaret Turvey of Hearing Dogs for the Deaf with Rupert ENGANL00120140202132430

Chosen Charity charity cheques, Holbeach Back volunteers and recipients including Dorothy Holbrook, June Spouncer, Trish Bowland, Leonie Cronin, Mary Cooper, Michelle and William Pite, front Dennis Pearson, Guide Dogs for the Blind with Ozzie, Margaret Turvey of Hearing Dogs for the Deaf with Rupert ENGANL00120140202132430

Since it opened in 2011, Chosen Charity Shop in Holbeach has been raising huge amounts of money for local causes.

The brainchild of 18 former charity shop workers, the business is unique in the fact that the good causes it raises funds for are nominated by its customers.

Mary Cooper, one of the shop’s founders, said earlier this year: “People are really taken by the fact that the money is donated to many local causes and that they can actually see the effects.”

The business certainly has the support of the public; while in 2013 they raised a whopping £20,000, the aim for this year exceeds this total by a further £5,000.

With the shop donating all their profits to local charities once every two months, many causes in the area have felt the benefit.

This year alone has seen donations made to Callum Pite’s Smile Charity, which is in memory of a Sir John Gleed student who sadly passed away from cancer in 2013, Braille Watch South Holland and Hearing Dogs for the Deaf.

Most recently, Gedney LIVES First Responders received a cheque for £3,000, with the local Mencap club, Gateway, also being given a £2,000 donation.

The business raises funds by selling the unwanted goods of local people.

Mary added: “If anyone has anything they would like to donate we would welcome it.”

Suitable donations include clothing, toys and books.

 

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