Published on: Friday 24 Mar 2017 at 15:09
St Clare’s Great Dunmow shop re-opens after refit
Our charity shop in Great Dunmow was officially re-opened and revealed its new look on Saturday 18 March. The shop, located on the High Street, has been fully refurbished and was re-opened at an event attended by members of our staff, volunteers and shoppers.
Two long-standing Dunmow shop volunteers were invited to help officially re-launch the shop. Rosemary Saines has volunteered since the shop opened in November 1997 – assisting to stock the shop before she welcomed their first customers. Rosemary and Chris Rolph, who has volunteered at the Dunmow shop since January 1998, were invited along with Vanna Poulter, St Clare Inpatient Unit Manager, to ceremonially cut the ribbon to officially re-open the store.
Chris said: “I have been volunteering in the Dunmow shop for 19 years and have always supported St Clare, as my local hospice. The care St Clare provides to families in Dunmow is inspiring – and helps them through one of life’s hardest journeys. Volunteering in the hospice shop is my way of supporting St Clare to continue providing their vital care to my community.”
Commenting on the shop’s new look, Chris said: “It is wonderful to see the shop refurbished in a way which really shows off the store’s best features. It is located in a lovely historic building which can now showcase our fantastic collection of furniture, vintage collectibles and homeware in the best possible way. We also have more room for storing donated items now so we hope to be able to increase our sales, and generate more money for the hospice.”
Aimee McKay, the Dunmow shop manager, said: “Our shop in Great Dunmow is one of the town’s best-kept secrets, offering an eclectic mix of clothing, homeware and furniture. We are known locally for stocking furniture and collectibles so come in and browse our ever-changing trove – and admire the bright new interior! We are also always in need of more high-quality donations so remember to think of us when you are looking for a new home for your pre-loved furniture, clothing or household goods.”
Aimee McKay continued: “We are always looking for new volunteers to join our close-knit team at Dunmow – volunteering in a St Clare charity shop is a great way to make friends and gain new skills, or put current skills to good use! What better way to spend your spare time than by helping your local Hospice continue to provide its compassionate care – which is available for free to all the people of Great Dunmow.”
Find out more about the Great Dunmow Shop here