DIT refit for charity shop

PUBLISHED: 08:47 02 July 2008 | UPDATED: 22:00 15 June 2010

VOLUNTEERS, not shopfitters, will redecorate one of Honiton's longest established charity shops, the Herald can reveal.

VOLUNTEERS, not shopfitters, will redecorate one of Honiton's longest established charity shops, the Herald can reveal.Children's charity Brainwave says it will be splashing out on tins of paint and a small piece of carpet, but nothing else, when its landlord completes renovation work at the New Street shop.Keeping operating costs to a minimum is all part of Brainwave's ethos to be a "traditional charity shop", according to retail manager Paul Evans."All the money we raise, as much as possible, is passed on," he told the Herald."Our landlord is doing the refit for us. We will do all the painting ourselves, to keep costs down."We appreciate all the support and help we get from the community. They appreciate that we are a traditional charity shop. We will only be spending a bit on carpet and paint."Mr Evans recently attended a seminar for charities in Bristol and says he was shocked by what he saw."I turned up in a van and parked next to a whole range of brand new cars," he told the Herald.He said he was aware of recent concern in Honiton about a proliferation in charity shops and extended an open invitation for Honiton residents to visit Brainwave's groundbreaking centre in Bridgwater, which treats brain injured children. He assured the Herald that the charity recycles almost everything not sold in the shop - to the extent that West Dorset District Council has given Brainwave special credit. The award relates to the charity's main retail operation, in Beaminster."We are putting less in landfill this year than in 2007, but sales are up and we've opened a new shop," said Mr Evans.Once the Honiton shop, which has been running for 12 years, has been redecorated, Mr Evans will be looking for extra volunteers."We would love anybody with spare time on his or her hands to help," he said.Brainwave is working hard to be an integral part of the community. Volunteers will be taking part in the forthcoming Charter Day, manning a stall in Northcote Lane.Anybody interested in helping Brainwave is asked to call into the shop.

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