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We open our 11th charity shop

Added on: 21 March 2012

Kingsbridge ShopThe Devon Air Ambulance Trust’s 11th shop officially opened its doors at 7 Bridge Street, Kingsbridge, on Saturday 17th March.  

The ribbon cutting was performed by television celebrity, Jennie Bond, former royal correspondent and well-known local resident, watched by dozens of shoppers all eager for the doors to open to bag themselves a bargain.  

Photo: Scot Baston of Zooming-Feet.com

“I now declare the Devon Air Ambulance Kingsbridge shop officially open,” said Jennie. “We have been waiting for this day for a long time.  There is huge support for Devon Air Ambulance Trust here in the town and we regularly see the helicopters overhead, knowing that their vital work may just be saving the life of someone we know.  The time saved by an air ambulance getting patients to hospital, particularly from here in the South Hams, can make the difference between life and death.  There is such a great community spirit here, I am sure this shop will do really well!”

During the refurbishment of the shop many locals had shown their support by bringing bag after bag of donated goods, from top quality clothing, to bedding, bric-a-brac, books and accessories.  As well as Jennie Bond and other local residents, the Trust’s CEO Helena Holt and paramedics Nigel Hare and Haydn Glanville also came along, as did Kingsbridge Mayor, Mr John Binns.

Chrissie Peel, Devon Air Ambulance Trust’s Retail Manager, explained “We are thrilled Jennie Bond was able to come along and open our shop for us.  We had been looking for the right premises to expand our number of charity shops for some time and were delighted to secure this location for our shop in Kingsbridge.  The support already shown has been overwhelming, from those leaving their donations to the large number of people asking about volunteering. 

"I would like to welcome Maureen Clarke, who is joining us as Manager, and Naomi Hunt, who has worked in our Mutley Plain shop for three years and will be Maureen’s assistant.  I must also thank everyone who has pulled together to help get the shop ready for opening today; with colleagues from Exeter, Newton Abbot and Plymouth all volunteering their time.”

Thank you to Scot Baston of Zooming-Feet.com for the photos
Thank you also to all of the local businesses who supported the opening including HAC Hair & Beauty of Kingsbridge

•   In 2011 our shops brought in an income of £815,763

•   There is a paid full-time manager and part-time assistant manager in each shop. 
    The remainder of the staff are volunteers

•   The Charity now has eleven shops; Exeter (Heavitree, St Thomas, Topsham x2), Plymouth, Newton Abbot,
     Barnstaple, Honiton, Tiverton, Exmouth and the new shop in Kingsbridge

•   Our shops can take good quality small electrical items, second-hand/new clothing, bric a brac, books, dvds,
    cds, shoes, accessories, childrens’ toys/books/clothes, bedding and linen

•   Our shops are unable to take TVs, nor white goods (ie fridges and cookers).


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