Town shop’s £19,000 giveaway to good causes

Representatives from four charities are given donations totalling �4,600 by volunteers at the Chosen Charity Shop, Holbeach.
Representatives from four charities are given donations totalling �4,600 by volunteers at the Chosen Charity Shop, Holbeach.

Charities in South Holland are almost £19,500 better off thanks to a Holbeach shop.

Four charities, including one named in memory of Spalding teenager Callum Pite (16), were the latest to receive cash gifts from The Chosen Charity shop in Fleet Street.

Other charities given donations totalling £4,600 were Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and Guide Dogs for the Blind, which each received £1,000, and Braille Watch South Holland which was given £600.

But the biggest donation of £2,000 was made to Callum Pite’s Smile Charity, formed in 2013 as a tribute to the former Sir John Gleed School student who died in January 2013.

Mary Cooper, a volunteer at the Chosen Charity shop, said: “People are really taken by the fact that the money is going to many local causes and they can see exactly where it’s going.”

Unwanted items brought to the shop by the public, including clothing, books and toys, are sold and the proceeds given to charities nominated by customers.

Last year, the shop donated £19,385 to a number of charities, including Sense, Holbeach Brownie and Scout groups, Holbeach and District Community Bus and Spalding Street Pastors.