A SHOPKEEPER aims to raise thousands of pounds for charity. And she’s going to do it in just one week.
Every year, Sue Burston, Christian Aid group organiser for Wooler, Northumberland, sets up shop for six busy days of fundraising.
And her record takings are £7,000 in a single week.
Sue said: “It all started when my mother died. I was emptying her house, and I thought it would be a good idea to sell her things to make money for Christian Aid.
“At that time there was an empty store in Wooler High Street, so we set up shop.
“We sold all of my mother’s things – and since then it’s just got bigger. Now the annual store has become quite an event.”
Sue has been running the store for 11 years and believes it has raised over £40,000 for some of the world’s poorest communities.
Customers queue up down the street in the mornings, eager to get their hands on the wares for sale in this Aladdin’s cave.
An all-year round house-to-house collection of donated goods and bric-a-brac to sell in the shop means the whole community gets involved in the venture.
Sue opened up this year’s shop this week – Christian Aid week – and she says there are plenty of treats in store for shoppers.
“If it’s saleable then we’ll sell it, from the biggest wardrobe to the smallest ornament we usually have a customer for everything,” she said. “This year, we have sideboards, bedroom furniture, sofas, desks, clothes -– all sorts.”
Sue said the shop has been a big success thanks to the generosity of the people in the town. “It’s phenomenal really in the way Wooler people are always so keen to give, offering their support from all corners of the community,” she said.
“I even have a family from Nottinghamshire who use their annual holiday to visit and work in the shop.”
The funds raised by the store will be donated to Christian Aid, who use the cash to help people in some of the world’s poorest communities.
“We really stretch ourselves, but the success of earlier years helps to keeps us all motivated,” added Sue. “We don’t have a target for fundraising – we just want to raise as much money as possible.”
This year the charity shop is located in Miller’s old store near the angel on the High Street, Wooler. It will be open daily from 9.30am to 5.30pm, closing it doors on Saturday.
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