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Holbeach charity reduces stores to 1 after seeing reduction in footfall in coronavirus outbreak



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A charity which raised £34,000 for local good causes last year will be closing the doors of one of its shops for the final time tomorrow (Friday, March, 20).

Chosen has announced that it is closing its store in Fleet Street, Holbeach, due to a reduction in customers coming into the store since the coronavirus outbreak.

Manager Sammy Favell said that a number of volunteers are also in the high risk groups and have rightly going into self-isolation however this drastic action will help support the remaining shop in High Street for the foreseeable future.

Chosen charity shop manager Sammy Favell and friends in happier times
Chosen charity shop manager Sammy Favell and friends in happier times

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Charity founder Mary Cooper will be closing the shop eight years after she opened it.

Sammy said: "We are determined to carry on and that is why we are taking drastic action now so we can save enough money for now. By keeping a little money in the bank we will be able to come back when things go back to normal. We are doing this with a long-term view of being back.

"Mum is going to do the last shift tomorrow afternoon. She opened the door so she will be the one to close it.

"We would like to wish our customers happy and healthy times."

The charity, which had run a Christmas themed third shop in December, has also had to take the decision to make one of the managers, Lisa Clarke, to ensure the charity's future.

Sammy said: "I am selling as much as I can on eBay to try to keep the rent and bills paid but we couldn't afford to keep us both going.

"We have tried everything and put a sale on and all the normal things,

"And I don't blame our volunteers for self-isolating."



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