Charity shop to close after 36-year run


A charity shop in Ilkeston, which opened its doors 36 years ago, is to close down at the end of the month.

The Save the Children shop on Pelham Street has made the announcement amid health and safety concerns about its premises.

Regional manager for Save the Children across the EastMidlands, Julia Hall, said the decision had not been easy.

“I just want to thank all our wonderful customers for their support over the years,” she said.

“We also couldn’t have done it without the support of our wonderful voluntary staff who have put so many hours into making this shop the great place that it is.”

She added: “As our volunteers are a lot older, the stairs of this building just aren’t practical unfortunately.”

The charity is currently said to be looking for other premises within the surrounding area.

The shop has a volunteer force of more than ten people, some of whom have been involved since the shop opened.

Joyce Straw, of Ilkeston is one of them. She said: “I have seen many changes over the years but this is one that I am really upset about.”

The shop closes its doors on the afternoon of May 23.