Manager of charity shop proud of award

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The manager of an Ilkeston charity shop has been presented with an award for her hard work.

Sandra Terry, who runs Debra in the Albion Centre off Bath Street, was presented with the unsung hero award at the charities national conference which took place at Keele University in Staffordshire.

Over the past year the Ilkeston shop has achieved the third highest results of the 100 shops in the country for its gift aided goods.

Mrs Terry said: “It was totally unexpected. I sat with a colleague listening to the master ceremonies describing someone’s achievements and realised it was me that they were talking about.

“I was extremely proud to be considered for the award but the fact is this is a reward for everyone in my team who have played a part.”

Debra, which was formed 35 years ago, is a national charity which supports individuals and families affected by Epidermolysis Bullosa, a genetic condition which causes the skin to blister and shear at the slightest friction.

Debra’s main work involves providing an enhanced specialist nursing service with the NHS to deliver optimal health care to children and adults living with EB.

It also funds pioneering research to find effective treatments for E.B.