Charity Shops beat Double Dip with £20,000 weekly sales

Whilst many high street retailers continue to worry about the recession, Cornwall Air Ambulance shops are going from strength to strength.

Since opening its first shop in 2009, the charity has seen weekly sales soar to over £20,000 for the first time.

The charity now has a chain of eight shops across Cornwall, including a furniture superstore in Camborne and an online shop.

Chief executive of Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust Paula Martin said the charity is committed to delivering shops the local community can be proud: “We identified that we needed to diversify into new revenue streams a few years ago. Following a successful pilot scheme with one store, we made a commitment to opening a number of shops around the county.

“It’s been a brilliant success, and we owe a massive thank you to over 200 volunteers who sort the stock and serve the customers every week”.

Cornwall Air Ambulance won Silver for Diversification at the 2012 Cornwall Business Awards, recognizing the success of the new shops initiative.

Julie Burley, head of retail for the Trust, said: “Charity shops not only provide jobs but also volunteering and training opportunities.

“Our shops are fully functional businesses, trading with local businesses that provide supporting goods and services such as shop fitters and sign writers. We also don’t waste anything which helps towards a more sustainable future for Cornwall.

“Criticisms that charity shops are detrimental to economic growth are unfounded and many of our trading neighbours are reporting an increase in footfall since we opened our shop.”

Anyone interested in volunteering at your local air ambulance shop call charity HQ on 01637 889926, or click here for further information.