Stoke Newington shop unveiled after flooding
Our newest charity shop has opened its doors in Stoke Newington after flooding problems meant its opening date had to be delayed.
The Children’s Air Ambulance shop at 31 Church Street was due to open on Wednesday Nov 23 but a burst water pipe just a few days before caused extensive damage to the inside of the shop and also destroyed large amounts of stock.
Now, just over three weeks later, the shop has been fully repaired and restocked and is open for business.
A plea to the local community for help after the flood met with a phenomenal response – and about 70 bags packed with donations were collected from generous members of the public.
The shop was officially opened today by our trustee Michael Burgoyne MBE who cut the ribbon.
Dave Buttress, retail area manager for the Children’s Air Ambulance, said: ‘’We’ve had fantastic support from both businesses and people in the local area. Location Location even took in donations on our behalf and collected about 20 bags of stock.
’We’re very relieved to be open now and I would urge people to come and see us. They will find we’re very different from other charity shops with lots of pre-loved goods and new goods too.’’’
He said the stock donations received in the past three weeks, which even included brand new toys and games, were the most the charity had ever had for a shop opening.
The main problem caused to the charity by the flood and the delay in opening was loss of potential earnings.
A large quantity of a water had leaked through the ceiling above the shop and into the stock room and the shop itself. That meant new floors had to be laid in the shop and upstairs.
Our staff spent last weekend getting the shop ready for its opening once building work had been finished. We’re still in need of stock donations and people are urged to bring their unwanted donations to the shop.