Grant boost for fundraising charity shop

A charity shop that raises funds for an outstanding local nursery for children and families with additional needs has benefitted from a £2,500 grant from the Western area Community Engagement Forum.

The Peter Pan Nursery charity shop in Sherburn in Elmet is in the process of being refurbished to boost its fundraising for the pre-school nursery for children with additional needs including disabilities, illness, learning difficulties and behavioural issues. Pictured here are volunteers (L-R) Anne Snowdon (deputy shop co-ordinator), Gary Mercer and Emma Daltry.

The popular nursery is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. The nursery applied for funding from the Western CEF last year to help towards the costs of refurbishing the shop.

Kay Smith, administrator, fundraising and shop co-ordinator, explained, “Our charity shop has been a big part of our community for almost 15 years, offering volunteering opportunities where various skills can be learnt, offering social interaction and in turn raising funds to support Peter Pan Nursery who offer care to children and families in our community with additional needs. 

“The refurbishment will give us more free ground space, opening up the opportunity to engage with the community much more. Eventually we hope to open the upstairs of the shop up to local community groups, for activities such as knit and natter, craft, book clubs etc.  We also want to run local events to support local small businesses, e.g. craft stalls, craft lessons. We want to make our shop a place where people feel they can pop in for a chat.”

So far the one of the downstairs showrooms of the shop has been refurbished, allowing the shop to put twice as much stock out and boost takings – which all helps provide much needed funds for the nursery.

Chair of the Western CEF, Andrew Pound commented, “This grant has helped refurbish the toilets at this charity shop – essential for it to develop into a community hub.

“This project really demonstrates what’s really special about Sherburn and the surrounding area – there’s a real sense of community vibrancy as volunteers and local groups work together to make area difference to the local area.”

There are five CEFs covering the Selby District – Central, Eastern, Western, Southern and Tadcaster & Villages. Each has £20,000 to spend on local projects that make a difference in their communities. 

Find out more about the work of the CEFs.