THE MAYOR or Warwick was on hand to congratulate staff at a charity shop as it celebrated its 10th anniversary.
Mayor Coun Parminder Singh Birdi commended everyone for their hard work at Warwick’s Air Ambulance charity shop, which has raised over £500,000 since opening its doors a decade ago.
The mayor presented the store’s manager Claire Murray with a commendation, and presented the store volunteers with further certificates for their vital roles in this impressive achievement, which equates to funding over 250 lifesaving missions.
The charity’s Retail Area Manager, Jayne Botfield, said: “It is fantastic to be celebrating our 10th anniversary with our wonderful supporters in the heart of Warwick.
“The success of our store is vital as the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) receives no government funding and relies solely on donations from the public and retail income to keep saving lives.”
Loyal supporters and customers turned out at The Market Place store for a party with plenty of bargains on offer ranging from clothing, accessories, bric-a-brac, books, DVDs and plenty more.
Store manager Clare added: “The anniversary is a great milestone for the charity, all the staff and incredible volunteers in-store make a huge difference in keeping the charity going.
“Our store is filled with fabulous donations and things to buy, and I really do encourage people to visit us in our celebratory week.
“On behalf of the charity, I want to thank the local Warwickshire community for the continued support over the last ten years, and I’d like to thank all our volunteers, who without, this wouldn’t have been possible.”
Over the decade, the store has received over 62,000 bags of donated goods but still needs the continued support of the local community for further donations of quality pre-loved clothing and homeware products, to keep the store generating vital income.
Anyone wishing to find out more about the vital service, or to support the charity can visit: www.theairambulanceservice.org.uk