Charity marks 20 years

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A Stapleford charity which has raised more than £800,000 in 20 years celebrated at an event this week.

The My Sight Nottinghamshire shop, which in 20 years has sold 22,000 pairs of shoes, 44,000 books and over 101.000 items of bric-a-brac offered free cake and the chance to pick up a carrier bag full of nearly-new clothes for £1.

Anniversary celebrations culminated on Saturday September 6, when charity shop staff and volunteers invited people to fill up carrier bags with clothes before attending a yard sale from 10am until 3pm.

My Sight Nottinghamshire (formerly NRSB), was established in 1843 to provide support and services for local people living with sight loss in Nottinghamshire.

Lydia Bishop, My Sight Nottinghamshire’s Fundraising Manager, said: “We’re very proud of our oldest charity shop in Stapleford, which in the 20 years since it opened its doors has raised over £800,000 for our charity, helping us provide emotional support, practical advice and accessible holidays and leisure activities for the estimated 28,000 blind and visually impaired children and adults that live in Notts today.”

Shop manager Tamina Edwards said: “Our charity shop may be small, but it has a big heart and is staffed by an amazing team of dedicated volunteers who work hard to safeguard our reputation for friendly service and competitive prices. These celebrations are our way of giving something back and of thanking our volunteers, customers - both old and new - and the good town’s people of Stapelford for their continuing loyalty and support. Bring on the next 20 years of successful fundraising!”

For more information on the charity, dedicated exclusively to supporting blind and partially sighted people, visit www.mysightnotts.org.uk.