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 does 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. Thank you so much to Gerald and to all the volunteers who have helped in the shop over the years!