Bognor charity shop celebrates first birthday

Chestnut Tree House staff and fundraising volunteers celebrate their shop's first birthday 14LAAUG23c-1
Chestnut Tree House staff and fundraising volunteers celebrate their shop's first birthday 14LAAUG23c-1

A FIRST birthday party has been held at a charity shop in Bognor Regis.

The outlet for Chestnut Tree House has raised enough money to fund the children’s hospice’s running costs for ten days.

The £70,000-plus profit beat all targets for a successful year. Sally Brighton, the hospice’s director of retail development, said the London Road shop had been an outstanding success.

“The shop is destined to go from strength-to-strength and we are grateful to the local community for their support.

“We continue to have an urgent need for stock donations – we sell more than 150 items each day – and, of course, we are always in need of volunteers without whom we couldn’t run the shop,” she said.

Helpers joined with the shop’s staff to host the birthday party late last month.

The fun included a game of pinning the candle on the cake, a large tombola and a visit from deputy town mayor Jeanette Warr.

Cllr Warr cut the special birthday cake with hospice chief executive Hugh Lowson.

The shop sells a wide range of goods and clothing.

Its vintage, retro and dressing up costumes have proved popular with guests at Butlin’s.