I am so proud of our shops. My role as Retail Manager, supporting and developing Devon Air Ambulances’ 11 shops all over Devon, is rewarding, occasionally challenging and always diverse.
Our shops are a great way of staying in touch with our supporters and volunteers. Even in the current climate, we have had a great year thanks to plenty of donations and lots of regular shoppers.
With more and more donors signing up for Gift Aid on their unwanted goods we have generated a staggering £40,000 rebate from the tax man this year. Amazing!
Good stock is of great value but, thanks to an excellent partnership with our rag merchant, we are able to recycle almost everything we receive even if it does not sell. Mind you, there have been one or two items that we’ve been completely flummoxed by, including a glass eye with a special tool for removal.
Now is an ideal time to clear a bit of space at home, particularly in the wardrobes and the kids’ bedrooms, to make way for Christmas gifts and sales bargains. Just remember to check the pockets before you hand over your old jackets! We look forward to seeing you soon.
Pictured left to right Michelle Southcott (Cowick St Shop Manager), Martin Bell (Retail Manager) and James Sydney (Volunteer via Job Centre Partnership)