In the town of Crook in County Durham we have a charity shop which is a much-loved community hub. Gerald Hirst has been manager of the shop since before it was passed on to us by a local Chernobyl charity in 2011. He has done a fantastic job recruiting and inspiring volunteers and is known to practically everyone in the town. People drop in for a chat and to buy a Christmas Raffle ticket and they buy from and donate to the shop at an incredible rate. The prices are very low, so it is a great resource for hard pressed families. But even so, it raises over £20,000 every year for CCP.
In early August Gerald retired and is now enjoying his travels all over Country Durham, North Yorkshire and beyond. We are incredibly grateful to him for all his hard work over so many years.
We are also very glad to welcome Claire Pears as the new Manager. Claire has been working in the shop as a volunteer and is now excited to take on the challenge of managing it and making sure it stays just as welcoming and friendly as it has always been.