Honiton charity shop forced to close due to unaffordable repair work

PUBLISHED: 17:00 04 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:31 07 July 2017

Happier times: British Heart Foundation shop manager, Ceri Worsfold, with her assistants Andrea Beresford and Gillian Stocker. Ref mhh 8702-37-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

Happier times: British Heart Foundation shop manager, Ceri Worsfold, with her assistants Andrea Beresford and Gillian Stocker. Ref mhh 8702-37-15AW. Picture: Alex Walton

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British Heart Foundation confirmed its High Street shop will shut its doors to the public on August 18.

A charity shop in Honiton has been forced to close because repair work needed on the building is too expensive to carry out.

British Heart Foundation (BHF) confirmed its High Street shop will shut its doors to the public on August 18.

The announcement was first posted on community Facebook page Spotted: Honiton by a shop spokeswoman.

She said: “It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I write this.

“The decision has been taken, by the company that Honiton British Heart Foundation is to close, our last trading day will be August 18, 2017.

“The condition of the building and cost involved to make the necessary repairs has been the determining factor.

“We are hoping that new premises can be found, but realistically Honiton could lose BHF for good.

“As you can understand, the staff and volunteers are a very close team and this news has come as a huge blow - we are devastated.”

Despite initially telling the Herald that a decision had not been made on the future of the shop, the charity finally confirmed the closure once it was made aware of the Facebook post.

Nikola Lampard, BHF’s Honiton area manager, said: “The team have done a fantastic job in the area over the past 15 years but unfortunately the shop is no longer profitable enough to afford the extensive building and repair work which is needed.

“We completely rely on the support of the local community to generate funds for life saving heart research and our volunteers are invaluable in keeping our shops running.

“We could not do it without them and I’d like to say a big thank you to them on behalf of the BHF.”

She said that decision to close the Honiton shop had ‘not been taken lightly’, adding: “Each year, BHF shops raise around £30 million to help the BHF fight coronary heart disease.

“We must continue to ensure that our shops generate as much money as possible to continue the fight for every heartbeat.”

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