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Skipton wins Charity Shop of the Year

04 July 2018
Martin House's Skipton store has been named Charity Shop of the Year in the Charity Retail Association Awards 2018.

The shop was praised for its outstanding sales performance and strong community engagement.

Andrina Reynoldson, shop manager, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to win this award, and it’s all down to the dedication and passion of our team of amazing volunteers and staff.

“I’d like to thank them all for everything they do to make this shop a success, we couldn’t achieve everything we do without them.”

Andrina liaised with local businesses to increase stock donations and helped create new links for corporate fundraisers.

She and assistant manager Helen Wray are also part of a retail working group at Martin House, and they work closely with volunteer community ambassadors in the town to help raise the profile of the hospice.

Martin House has a chain of 12 charity shops and a furniture warehouse and showroom, which help raise money for the hospice.

The Headingley and Yeadon shops were both shortlisted for the Best Shop Interior Award, while the warehouse was shortlisted for the Community Impact Award for its work with Wetherby Prison.

Vicki Burnett, head of retail, said: “We are thrilled to have won this award, it’s a huge accolade for us, particularly as we were up against national charities.

“Andrina, Helen and our other assistant manager Nicola Garbutt, have done a fabulous job, creating a real team spirit with our volunteers to create a vibrant shop with a strong sense of community, which has seen an increase in shop sales, which is so important in helping to fund Martin House’s work.”

Martin House always needs more volunteers and donations to help keep its shops running. To find out how to support its work, visit www.martinhouse.org.uk