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Totnes shop needs stock for opening

Posted by on November 5th 2014 in Fundraising, General charity, Retail

Totnes shop needs stock for opening

The new Devon Air Ambulance charity shop is getting ready to open on Saturday 15 November but now needs additional stock.  Can you help?

Manager Kirsty Whitaker says “We’re delighted with the shop and it’s great to see it coming together.  However we are now in need of additional stock to make sure the shelves are full in readiness for our opening in two weeks.”

She added “We’re at the shop now from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday until the opening. If you do have items you would like to donate, we’d love to see you.”

Kirsty, and Assistant Manager Sam Reader...

Charity shocked by break in

Posted by on October 29th 2014 in General charity, Retail, Volunteering

Charity shocked by break in

Devon Air Ambulance Charity seeks new donations for burgled shop

Staff at Devon Air Ambulance Trust were left distressed and angry after the charity’s retail shop in Cowick Street, Exeter, was burgled on Monday evening.

Thieves got away with a collection box having caused significant damage to the premises including smashing the shop window.

Martin Bell, Retail Director of Devon Air Ambulance Trust said “I was extremely distressed and angry to receive a telephone call to advise me that our shop in Cowick Street, St Thomas, Exeter was broken into over-night on Monday 27 October.

“Although all that was taken was our collection box,...

New shop to open in Totnes

Posted by on October 27th 2014 in Fundraising, General charity, Retail, Volunteering

New shop to open in Totnes

There is much excitement in Fore Street, Totnes, as Devon Air Ambulance Trust prepares to open their 15th shop!

Manager Kirsty Whitaker is busy sorting stock and is very keen to recruit some volunteers to help her!  She says “Devon Air Ambulance is a cause close to all of our hearts as it’s there for everyone.  You never know when you might need it.  So far this year it has been called out 8 times in or around Totnes, and it’s a real privilege to be working for such a worthwhile charity.  As a brand new shop, we’re looking for a...

New charity shop to open in South Molton

Posted by on May 23rd 2014 in Retail

Devon Air Ambulance Trust is delighted to announce that their 14th charity shop will open on 19 July in South Molton.

Martin Bell, Retail Director of Devon Air Ambulance Trust said “We aim to expand the number of shops across the county by two a year.  We recognise the huge support received from the North Devon community, but until now haven’t been able to find the right property to meet our needs.  This of course is due to various factors for example the size of the shop, access, lease terms and of course the cost.”

He added “We’re really looking forward to...

Sorters and steamers urgently needed in Exmouth

Posted by on April 8th 2014 in Retail

Our Exmouth shop urgently needs extra volunteers.

If you have a passion for fashion, a flair for displaying freshly-steamed clothes, or if you just enjoying meeting people this could be your opportunity to join their friendly team. 

Manager Sue Redfern told us “Since we became a discount store last year - with many items reduced to a £1 - stock has been flying off the hangers!  Because we are so busy we are now desperate for more hands to help.”

The Trust’s Retail Operations Manager, Chrissie Peel, told us, “The Exmouth shop has been a particular success story, which means it’s now particularly...

Ebay volunteers needed

Posted by on April 8th 2014 in Fundraising, Retail

As part of ambitions plans to enhance retail derived income, Devon Air Ambulance Trust (DAAT) is looking for new volunteers to help with its growing eBay operation.

The Charity aims to open two new shops a year for the next five years and increase the contribution retailing and merchandising makes to its helicopters’ operational costs to 20% by 2017.

DAAT Retail Director, Martin Bell said: “We have invested in our retail operation in terms of shop acquisition and fit out, an electronic point-of-sale system as well as training for staff and volunteers.  We have now identified eBay as a significant source of...

Devon Air Ambulance Trust launches its own Retail Awards

Posted by on January 15th 2014 in Retail

Last Wednesday saw the first Retail Awards ceremony for Devon Air Ambulance Trust, celebrating retail excellence throughout their 13 charity shops.

Chrissie Peel, Retail Operations Manager of Devon Air Ambulance Trust said “We are very proud of our charity shops and the standards they set in the community.  We were looking for a way to celebrate our fantastic, hard-working staff and volunteers, and came up with the idea of our own awards.”

She added “2013 was a landmark year for our retail team.  As well as opening two new shops, and a rebranding of another into our first discount shop, in December...

Whats your New Years Resolution

Posted by on January 3rd 2014 in Fundraising, General charity, Retail

Have you made any resolutions?  Devon Air Ambulance Trust’s PR Manager Sarah has. She admits to being “a bit of a hoarder”(and that’s an understatement!) so she’s going to have a clear out and donate all of her unwanted items to their charity shops.

Martin Bell, Retail Director said, “New Year is traditionally the time to make those resolutions which we all, of course, keep for just a few days.  Let us help you stick to your resolution – whilst at the same time you could be helping us too!  Maybe you want to de clutter your house like Sarah, or...

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