Autism Together’s first ever pop-up charity shop was a huge success, raising nearly £1000 towards the Future 50 Appeal.
The appeal is raising £2.5m to build a high tech autism assessment and diagnosis centre at the charity’s Raby Hall site near Bromborough.
The shop, based in Wallasey, was given to the charity for a week by Wirral Chamber of Commerce. Autism Together is currently the chamber’s charity of the year
The shop received great support from a team of 6 volunteers and buyers from the Wallasey area, as well as beyond, flocked there on its opening day. The steady flow of customers continued throughout the week.
Charity shop donations
Stock for the shop was donated by supporters, and staff were inundated with items from second hand baby clothes, to toys, books and even bikes. There were also some weird and wonderful items donated, such as a collection of thimbles, crafted wooden dolls house furniture, and a life-size mechanical cat, which the team named Trevor.
Chloe Jones, community fundraiser for Autism Together, said:
“The shop was an exciting experiment for us. We were truly overwhelmed by the amazing support in donations and the volunteers went above and beyond during the week in a very busy setting. I particularly enjoyed being welcomed into the local community so well, our customers visited us daily and stayed for a chat each time. It was great to explain to them about Autism Together and our Future 50 appeal, which is what all the money raised will go towards.”
The fundraising team are busy planning their pop-up charity venture, so watch this space.