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Blandford Camp thrift shop has gifts for young and old

By fdart  |  Posted: August 15, 2014

  • : A cheque for £110 is presented to Mandy Ford from Blandford Youth Club, right, by Simone Walls-MacDonald, manager of the Blandford Camp Thrift Shop, watched by Garrison Commander

  • Simone Walls-MacDonald, Manager of Blandford Camp Thrift Shop presents a laptop to Carol Bunnagar, manager of Age Concern Blandford, watched by Garrison Commander Col Fensom.

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Two Blandford organisations have been on the receiving end of gifts from the Thrift Shop at Blandford Camp run by a team of volunteers led by Simone Walls-MacDonald.

A laptop was presented to Carol Bunnagar of Age Concern Blandford to be used in the office in Nightingale Court and at the homes of clients applying for benefits.

And funds to purchase admission tickets into Paulton’s Park for Blandford Youth Club members were presented to Mandy Ford from the youth club.

The Thrift Shop provides a venue for Camp personnel and families to buy and sell their unwanted items.

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When an item has been sold the person gets 80 per cent of the selling price and the Thrift Shop gets 20 per cent, allowing proceeds to be used to buy supplies to run the shop and help provide support for events.

Items not sold are distributed to local charity shops, clothes banks, the Trussell Trust, local schools for their fetes, the Royal British Legion, Women’s Institute and a Nepalese orphanage.

The Shop is open four hours a day on four days a week and for eight hours on Thursdays and manned entirely by volunteers, with support from Welfare and from the Graphics Department, which recent revamped the shop frontage.

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