Charity shop brings in £162,400 in 12 months

Jill Buttery, Jan Mead, Ros Panter and Sally Wilkinson
Jill Buttery, Jan Mead, Ros Panter and Sally Wilkinson

A Harleston charity shop, opened 15 years ago, has once again raised a mammoth amount for local charities.

The Bullock Fair Charity Shop, which borders the car park of the Budgens supermarket, has raised an incredible £162,400 in the 12 months since February 2013.

The amount brings its grand total through a decade and a half to £1.24 million - and all of it has gone to local charities.

This year, director Sally Wilkinson, who started the shop with her late father, Alec Garrard, hoping to be able to donate £10,000 per year to charity, said the money would be divided between three causes close to many local residents’ hearts.

A cheque for £45,000 will be donated to the All Hallows Trust which runs All Hallows Hospital at Ditchingham near Bungay and provides a range of healthcare services. £45,000 will also be given to the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices, while £72,400 will go to the East Anglia Air Ambulance.

Mrs Wilkinson said the property was owned by her father but a small part of it had been used by the Break charity shop and when that relocated she and her father decided to carry on running the vacated space as a charity shop.

“We had no idea it would still be going 15 years later. We sell donated books, small electrical items, videos, dvds, clothes, jewellery, bric-a-brac and small furniture. We took over the hall next door and then another room. We now have about 40 volunteers and six paid staff and we always support local charities.”

Mrs Wilkinson is also now helped by fellow directors Brenda Basham and Jane Marsh.

The shop was a runner-up in one of the categories in the recent South Norfolk Community Awards which celebrates the work of local volunteers.