Any Janners out there ? SSAFA need help.


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Hey peeps,

check this:
Volunteers needed to help Save Thrift Shop
A thrift shop that has helped raise many thousands of pounds for the Soldiers Sailors Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) is set to close its doors after 25 years of trading unless volunteers to run it can be found.

The SSAFA Forces Help Thrift Shop, next door to the Royal Navy's Crownhill Family Centre, is due to close before Christmas after its buildings were condemned.

Over the last 20 years, the shop has opened three times a week and raised many thousands of pounds which has helped SSAFA provide vital support to the service and ex service community in the Plymouth area.

A thrift shop, unlike a charity shop gives a proportion of takings back to the donor; in this case fifty percent of the sale price goes to the SSAFA, with the other half going back to the customer.

Sadly, the building that houses both the store and offices for administration staff has been condemned. Starting life during the Second World War as an American service isolation hospital, the 'temporary' building has been used for a variety of different uses over the last 50 years.

During recent structural surveys, however, it was discovered that there are no foundations to the building and remedial work would not be cost effective.

There are plans to house the offices in the RN community centre at Hillcrest Close, Chaddlewood and there is the possibility that the shop could also relocate there, providing new volunteers are found to manage and run it. The current manager Linda Bennett has been in charge of the shop since 1985. She said:

"I am very sad that the shop at Crownhill is closing. The staff are all volunteers and we have built up a very close relationship with over 250 regular customers over the years. The shop has been closed for the past three months whilst structural engineers looked at the future of the building.

"If volunteers are found then the remaining stock will transfer to Plympton, if not then we will close for good on Tuesday 29 November 2005."

The shop will open for two mornings a week during November on Tuesdays and Fridays from 0900 hrs until 1200 hrs for customers to reclaim their goods. If that is not possible, then the remaining stock will be sold for SSAFA.

Anyone wishing to volunteer to help run the shop is asked to call Bill Smith on 01752 553414, between 0900 – 1200 hrs.

If anyone can help out i'm sure they'd love to hear from you.Tell them you heard about it on ARRSE !

anyway, FWIW,


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