THEY say Christmas is the time for giving – but so are the other 11 months in the year for this kind-hearted group of ladies.
The dedicated volunteers at the Little Green Charity Shop, in Murray Street, Hartlepool, have had another staggering year.
In the last 12 months they have raised more than £30,000 for good causes, all through selling used clothes and bric-a-brac.
The charity workers have donated £10,000 to Macmillan nurses and the same amount to the Hartlepool branch of the RNLI.
As reported in the Mail earlier this year, the hard work at the shop has also benefited a town school.
Springwell Primary School, in Wiltshire Way, started a huge fundraising drive this year to raise £12,000 for a new minibus.
In stepped the generous group at the charity shop with an impressive £5,500 donation – only to hand over another £5,000 just weeks later.
At the time, school headteacher Karl Telfer said he was “flabbergasted” by the kindness of the “fantastic ladies”.
Despite the huge donations, modest Sylvia Johnson, 79, who has volunteered at the shop for nearly 40 years, said: “It has been another good year.
“To help out Springwell, Macmillan and the lifeboat crew is fantastic.
“We are pleased we have been able to help.”
Sylvia, a mum-of-one, grandmother-of-four and great-grandmother-of-two, who lives in the Stockton Road area of town, thanked people for their donations throughout the year.
She also gave huge credit to the group of volunteers who give up their time to work in the shop.
The hard work will continue into the new year but Sylvia says the volunteers never have a target of how much they hope to raise.
“We just try and get as much as possible,” she said.
“Hopefully it will be another successful year in 2012.”