Students aid revamp of Stamford charity store

Cancer Research shop manager 'Annie Thompson with students, from left, Luke Gibbs, Jack Somerville, Jake Beasley, Richard Thompson, Jordan Watson, Chris Southwell, Sam Philp and tutors Jonathan Maskill and Gary McPartland
Cancer Research shop manager 'Annie Thompson with students, from left, Luke Gibbs, Jack Somerville, Jake Beasley, Richard Thompson, Jordan Watson, Chris Southwell, Sam Philp and tutors Jonathan Maskill and Gary McPartland
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A CHARITY shop is being revamped with the help of students.

The students, who are on courses at New College Stamford, will be working for free at the Cancer Research UK shop in St Paul’s Street over the next few weeks.

They will revamp a storage area which will mean the shop will have more room for donated goods.

Director of learning in construction at the college Gary McPartland said they were delighted to help.

“Not only are we able to put something back into the local community but we are also able to provide our students with another real life learning situation,” he said.

“It is like DIY SOS with the pressure of deadlines and a limited budget and resources. However, despite all the challenges and obstacles the students will do a cracking job and we hope that Cancer Research UK will be delighted with the outcome.”

Tricia Lipton, a volunteer at the shop said it would have cost more than £1,000 to buy the materials but thanks to donations from shops and builders merchants in the town, volunteers have had to raise only £400.

She said: “We have been absolutely desperate for a refit in the storage area for some time because it is such a narrow space.

“It is going to make such a difference not only to the whole shop but also to the volunteers as well as they will have a nice, organised area to work in.”

The storage area is narrow so shelves will be built to the ceiling and the kitchen, where the volunteers take breaks and wash any crockery that is donated, will also be revamped.

Ms Lipton thanked businesses, which donated items for the revamp – Homebase, Jacksons Building Centres, Jewsons, Vic Couzens, Travis Perkins, Welland Valley Timber and Colemans, all in Stamford.

The shop will be open as usual during the refurbishment.