Charity shop celebrates 10th year in town

Kara Stephenson, front left, Danielle Patchett, Helen Henry, assistant manager, Carol Sellers, manager, John Webster, Mickey Jackson, Lauren Woodhead, and Holly McNeill, all staff and volunteers at the PDSA shop on Newborough, in fancy dress as animals for the charity's 10th anniversary celebrations.  Picture by Andrew Higgins  124337a   27/10/12
Kara Stephenson, front left, Danielle Patchett, Helen Henry, assistant manager, Carol Sellers, manager, John Webster, Mickey Jackson, Lauren Woodhead, and Holly McNeill, all staff and volunteers at the PDSA shop on Newborough, in fancy dress as animals for the charity's 10th anniversary celebrations. Picture by Andrew Higgins 124337a 27/10/12

Animal antics were the order of the day when a charity shop got into the spirit to celebrate its 10th anniversary in Scarborough.

PDSA, which provides free veterinary care for sick and injured animals to people in need, has had a local presence from its Newborough branch since 2002. As a thank you to their supporters, staff and volunteers donned themed fancy dress for a day of fun activities.

Branch manager Carol Sellers said: “I would like to thank everybody that’s supported the shop over the 10 years and all my staff and my volunteers.

“We had some good fun, we gave cake away and balloons, we had a really happy atmosphere.

“I’ve got quite a lot of volunteers of different ages, my eldest one is 87, she came in on the day. It was just a bit of fun to get people into the spirit.”

The charity’s work is funded entirely by public support but as donations to the shop dwindle despite an increase in demand for its services, Carol is also calling on more people to help the cause.

She said: “PDSA mainly help people that are on benefits that can’t afford vet bills. At the moment they’re helping more people than they used to do.

“People have to pay to register and then if the animal is ill they ask for a small donation from everybody because they need more money.

“We don’t get as many donations as we used to do because people are struggling for money. I’ve been manager for six years and I can see the difference, the donations are going down.

“It’s vital because there’s only us that help them or the RSPCA, all the other charities in Scarborough are for human beings. We’re grateful of anything.”

A team of four paid staff and 30 volunteers work for the local branch which sells items including clothes, books, ornaments, small pieces of furniture, small electricals and bric-a-brac.

If anyone wishes to donate goods, these can be handed in directly to the shop or arranged to be collected from location by calling (01723) 503310.