East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) is excited to announce another new addition to its retail portfolio in Norfolk.

EACH has acquired premises in Thetford to open on Thursday, 25 July. The clearance shop in Lime Kiln Lane will trade seven days a week. As well as offering the usual clothing and bric-a-brac, it will also be the new home of the charity’s growing eBay team, currently situated in EACH’s Retail Distribution Centre (RDC), also in Thetford, in Brunel Way.

Sarah Throssell, EACH Shop Acquisition Manager, said: “We’ve long had ambitions to open a shop in Thetford and are delighted plans are now well under way. This outlet will have different coloured hangers and tubs to reflect the various prices, and customers will be able to bulk buy children’s clothing in bags. We’ll also hold larger items here that have historically only been suitable for local auctions. Our busy eBay team will relocate from our RDC where they currently operate in a space of 400 sq ft. They’ll now have 1,500 sq ft to play with so that they can continue doing great work bringing in money to support our work caring for children with life-threatening conditions and supporting their families. Of course, they’ll need more support, so if you’ve got a few spare hours to give then please get in touch.”

EACH’s retail portfolio is growing at a fast pace, with nine shops having opened last year. This latest one in Thetford will be its fourth of 2019, 16th in Norfolk, and 39th overall.

The charity welcomes donations of the following clean and good-quality goods: clothing, bric-a-brac, modern paperbacks, toys, jewellery, DVDs/CDs, household linens, retro and vintage clothes, and small electrical items. These can be dropped off at the new shop from Monday, 15 July.

EACH also needs donations of good-quality furniture and can collect it free of charge if you are unable to transport it yourself. Call 01842 821620 for more information.

To put into context the difference just a small donation to a shop can make to the vital work EACH does, here are some examples of what your donation could pay for:

–         A top, skirt or pair of trousers worth £5 could pay for art supplies for a session of art therapy

–         A tea set worth £11 could fund an hour of specialist play tailored to a child’s individual needs

–         A nice wedding hat or jacket worth £19 could pay for an hour of vital physiotherapy

–         An item of good-quality furniture or prom dress worth £24 could fund an hour with a psychologist to help guide and support families going through, likely, the toughest period of their lives

In the past financial year, EACH shops generated an impressive profit of over £1.1 million that all went towards helping families make the most of their precious time together.

Anyone interested in more information on volunteering at the new shop can email volunteerservices@each.org.uk or call Sarah on 07540 335680.