Our much-loved charity shop in Fishponds reopens today, four months after a devastating robbery and arson attack.
The shop, which has been open since November 1989, had to be closed during the festive period as a result of the damage - leading to an estimated £36,700 in lost income.
Today the doors will be flung open again as shoppers get a chance to see the shop's bold new look. Mellissa Nunn, a local cancer survivor who was supported by CLIC Sargent and is a dedicated shop volunteer, will be officially opening the revamped shop.
Mellissa, 23, was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2011 aged 17 in a ’24 hour whirlwind’ after waking up with bruises on her legs. Thankfully Mellissa’s treatment was a success, and after spotting the shop by chance, she started volunteering in 2013 and was even due to volunteer on the day of the fire.
“One day we just drove past the shop and I saw a sign asking for volunteers and thought I wanted to give something back. I’ve seen and felt the impact of the work CLIC Sargent do, I wanted to repay the favour.
“Volunteering has made me more confident, it feels like I’m part of another family, we are all there for the same reason. All the volunteers feel a part of the shop so the fire felt like a real personal loss.
“It was really good to hear that people were donating and the local community was getting behind our appeal. I’m proud to reopen the shop and just really excited to start volunteering.”
Jason Webster, Head of Trading at CLIC Sargent said:
“We can’t thank everyone in Bristol enough, it’s brilliant that the shop is open for business again as the donations are vital for us in our fight for young lives in the south west and the UK as a whole.”
Local people have already rallied round and raised over £1,000 to support the shop which is at the heart of the Fishponds community.
Local MP, Kerry McCarthy, said: “CLIC Sargent is an incredible charity, which has for forty years been providing invaluable support to young children with cancer and their families.”
“Their work started right here in Bristol, and so I was devastated to hear about the arson attack and burglary suffered by their Fishponds shop just before Christmas.”
“I am delighted to see that their doors are open once again, and encourage everyone who can to donate to and support this branch to help continue their important work.”
Last year CLIC Sargent supported 619 families in the South West. We gave out 436 grants to the value of £87,720 so the loss of income from the fire equates to nearly half of this amount.
How you can help
To donate to the appeal to cover the costs of the fire head to donate on the justgiving page or text ‘SHOP67 £5’ to 70070 to donate five pounds.
For more information, an interview or images, please contact Jack Wilson on 0208 752 2833 or firstname.lastname@example.org