Loyal volunteer toasts 10 years of Children’s Hospice South West charity shop success in Honiton

A charity shop in Honiton supporting sick children has celebrated its 10th birthday and thanked its volunteers and customers for their support.

The Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) charity shop, in Honiton High Street, opened its doors on December 16, 2010, and since then has welcomed more than 70,000 bags of donations, sold thanks to scores of volunteers.

Charity supporter Rosalind Chew, who started helping in the High Street shop in the same year it opened, remains a volunteer to this day.

She toasted the shop’s milestone anniversary with a cup of tea on Wednesday morning (December 16) before the doors opened to customers.

Shop manager Lynne Whitehall said: “It was a bit early for a glass of fizz but we did enjoy a cup of tea together and gave thanks for ten wonderful years at the shop.

“Everyone has worked so hard to be part of the Honiton community and despite a challenging year for all traders in the town, the shop is going from strength to strength.

“Over the last decade we’ve made many friends here and are on first-name terms with lots of our customers.

“We have had wonderful donations coming in all the time and we’d like to thank people in the town for their fantastic support, and of course our fabulous volunteers, who are absolutely amazing.”

She added: “If anyone would like to give us a few hours a week as a volunteer please pop in and ask for a form. A warm welcome awaits you here at Honiton.”

In the last 10 years the shop has hosted three fashion shows, Christmas events, and in 2019 won the Honiton Charter Day shop window competition.

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