THERE’S no stopping these ladies who have just amassed yet another major boost for charity.
The Little Green Charity Shop, in Murray Street in Hartlepool, has become famous in the area for its incredible record on fundraising. Down the years, it has given hundreds of thousands of pounds to different charities.
This time, it has handed £2,000 to Macmillan Cancer Support which is one of its nominated charities of the year.
Derek Redman, the Macmillan spokesman in town, said: “It is really amazing the amount of money the hard working ladies of this little shop raise for local charities.
“The £2,000 donated to Macmillan will go a long way helping people in Hartlepool and district living with cancer.”
But that’s just one small fraction of the total raised by the shop, which is thought to have handed over more than £250,000 to worthy causes down the years.
The shop is run by a group of eight retired women, aged from their 60s to 84, and has raised cash by selling used clothes and bric-a-brac. The popular shop – also known as the Hospital Shop and which is an Aladdin’s cave of goods – sees the dedicated volunteers donating the cash raised every few months.
Incredibly, on the day they handed money to Macmillan, another cheque for £2,000 went out to a fire brigade charity.
One of the volunteers is Sheila Boagey, who said: “It is just a way of life for us. Two of the women have been doing this for 40 years.
“Apart from furniture, we will pretty much take donations of anything and that is one of the reasons why we prosper.”
The shop is open from 9am to around 3pm, from Monday to Saturday. It always supports local causes – unless it gets a special request from someone further afield.
Sheila added: “The shop has been there for 40 years. We know all the customers and when their children grow up, they come in as well.
“When I first went in 37 years ago, my daughter was three. Now, her children go in.
“We are all volunteers. There are no paid staff and it means that every bit of money that comes in will go out to charities.
“We are hoping we will have raised enough to support another cause in around six weeks.”