A local charity shop has been celebrating 20 years of trading in its local community, raising hundreds of thousands of pounds for its local hospice care.
The Havens Hospices charity shop on Rectory Road, Hadleigh, celebrated with a tea party for its 20 volunteers on Friday November 8.
They were joined by shop manager Janet Evenden, who has a special inspiration behind joining the charity. Her daughter, Elena, was cared for by Little Havens before she died, aged 5, in 2008.
Janet has been working for the store for eight years, four of them as manager. She said: “Originally I volunteered for the charity shop as I wanted to give something back for the amazing care Little Havens gave to Elena and my family. I loved volunteering so much, I applied for the job at Hadleigh.
“I am really proud to run this shop and have such a lovely bunch of volunteers. It’s like working with friends. Everyone is hard-working and supportive, which creates a happy environment for our loyal customers too.”
Margaret Diaz De Junguitu is the shop’s longest serving volunteer having joined a few months after it opened in its original location of London Road in Hadleigh when it sold just furniture.
At 80-years-old, Margaret is the oldest volunteer in the shop. The former civil service worker said: “Although us volunteers are helping the charity, the charity is helping us too. It gives me company and I work with such lovely people – the staff and the customers.
“I remember some of our customers as children, and now they’re bringing in their own children. It’s lovely to see.”
Havens Hospices provides specialist palliative and supportive care to children, young people and adults through its three care services, Little Havens, The J’s and Fair Havens. This care is free of charge, thanks to the generosity of people like those who donate and buy from its network of 23 charity shops.
To support the Havens Hospices charity shops or to find out more information about volunteering, visit havenshospices.org.uk