Swindon Barnardo’s store marks five successful years

By Nick Batten on 30 September, 2019

Children’s charity Barnardo’s celebrated the success of one of its Swindon stores earlier this month.

Having returned to the town in 2014 after a gap of many years, the store was originally a ‘donation centre’ acting as a regional sorting and distribution hub, but is now a discount store which continues to generate much-needed funds for the charity.

Over the last five years, the team has received more than 80,000 bags of donations together with more than 5,000 hours of support from local volunteers.

The money raised helps to support the charity’s work with vulnerable children and young people across the UK.

The team celebrated the anniversary by gathering to cut a specially decorated cake. Barnardo’s managers Caroline Jacks and Sarah Poynter and Store Associate Nick Ballard are supported by 17 volunteers at the store which is located in Cavendish Square in Park South.

Caroline said, “We would like to thank everyone who has supported us over the last five years, not only our dedicated volunteers but also the donors and shoppers who have contributed to our success.

“We’ve received so many different donations, from a collection of milk bottle tops to a range of old cameras which sold for more than £1,500 on eBay – you can always find a bargain!”

Visitors can also speak to the team about registering as a volunteer, where there are opportunities to help with sorting stock, steaming clothes, arranging displays and serving customers.

Caroline added, “We are so lucky to have such a friendly team, but we’d love to welcome more support.

“Some people use the experience to gain new skills and confidence before looking for work, while others simply enjoy the social aspect.

“Whatever their reason for joining us, every hour is sincerely appreciated.”

The Barnardo’s team always welcomes donations of good-quality clothes, books, toys, games, CDs, DVDs, accessories, electrical items and bric-a-brac. Call 01793 616659 for more information.

The charity also has stores in Sussex Square and the West Swindon Shopping Centre. Last year Barnardo’s supported nearly 300,000 children, young people, parents and carers.

Pictured above: Barnardo’s Manager Caroline Jacks and Store Associate Nick Ballard with volunteers, left to right, Pam Davies, Julie Thrasher, Donna Richie, Amanda Horton, Geraldine Painter and Valerie Bulley