Fizz, fireman and fashion: Flood hit charity shop’s grand reopening

2 September 2016

Norwood's flagship Stanmore charity shop was reopened today… by the firemen who saved it when it flooded earlier this year. Mathew Blain, Crew Manager at the Mill Hill Fire Brigade, cut the ribbon in front of the shop on Stanmore’s Broadway – after Norwood staff and volunteers worked tirelessly to get the shop ready for the relaunch.

Commenting on the charity shop’s new look, Mathew said: "It’s very exciting… its certainly improved since the day of the flood. We might even start looking for some bargains while we’re here."

Jennie Wharram, Norwood’s Business Development Manager for Volunteering and Trading said: "All the money we make in our charity shops goes towards our vital services, supporting children, families and people with learning disabilities in our community – so you can be sure that when you’re shopping for a bargain you’ll also making a huge difference to so many people’s lives."

The newly refurbished shop did brisk business throughout the day, with shoppers queuing outside to snap up couture and high street bargains and enjoy a cupcake and a glass of prosecco.

Shopper Davina Cohen said: "The refit is absolutely gorgeous and I’m in love with all the firemen."

Norwood Volunteer Tony Greenfield added: "The success is evident by the sheer amount of people here. Norwood’s charity shop is a cut above other charity shops."