Yorkshire Cancer Research’s Tadcaster shop will reopen at 10am on Wednesday, August 30.
The Bridge Street shop was forced to close following the devastating 2015 Boxing Day floods, which led to the collapse of the town’s listed 18th Century bridge and the closure of several local businesses.
When the Boxing Day floods happened, the popular charity shop had just started to recover following heavy rain and flash floods in August 2014, which led to a three-month closure and a severe loss of income.
The premises was re-fitted and re-decorated but just over a year later, the town was hit by the worst floods in a generation.
The shop’s floor, walls and doors were severely damaged and an extensive refurbishment was required to return the property to a satisfactory standard before it could be re-opened to the public.
Around £50,000 is raised by the shop every year through the sale of goods generously donated by the people of Tadcaster and its surrounding area.
It is one of just two shops run by Yorkshire Cancer Research, which aims to improve cancer outcomes in Yorkshire by raising awareness of cancer and how to prevent it, promoting screening programmes and funding innovative research, from diagnosis to end-of-life care.
Sally Crerar, Head of Community Fundraising at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “We are delighted to be able to reopen our charity shop in Tadcaster. The Boxing Day floods were a huge blow to our dedicated volunteers and the town as a whole.
“Following an extensive refurbishment, we have high hopes for the shop and we’re confident that it will return to its former glory in no time, providing vital income to ensure more people in Yorkshire survive cancer. We’d like to thank all our volunteers, past and present, for their hard work and commitment.”
The shop will re-open with a newly appointed manager, Linda Park, who will work with long-standing volunteers to get things back up and running.
Linda said: “Having worked in large retail organisations over a number of years, I felt the time was right to help a charitable organisation. As I’m Yorkshire-born, Yorkshire Cancer Research seemed the obvious choice.
The Tadcaster charity shop was officially opened by Chris Twelves, Professor of Clinical Cancer Pharmacology and Oncology at the University of Leeds.
“I am very excited to be taking on the role of the new shop manager. I’m looking forward to working with the volunteers, old and new, getting the shop up and running again and meeting new people.”
The Tadcaster shop first began trading in 1971 thanks to local butcher, Les Emmott, who used to sell small items from a table in the corner of his shop and donate the proceeds to charity.
Between 1971 and 1998 more than half a million pounds was raised. Since 1998 the overall total raised is £1,363,862. If you are interested in volunteering or donating good quality clean clothes, children’s toys and bric-a-brac, please visit Linda at the shop.
Notes to Editors
- Harrogate-based Yorkshire Cancer Research was founded in 1925 and is the largest independent regional cancer charity in England (Registered Charity 516898). We are not part of a national charity.
- We are committed to reducing the devastating impact of cancer on the lives of people living in Yorkshire.
- Our mission is to work in partnership, fund research and support initiatives that will help people in Yorkshire avoid, survive and cope with cancer.
- Current statistics show that 565 people are diagnosed with cancer in Yorkshire every week. Incidence and mortality rates are higher than the England average due to social deprivation, post-industrialisation and lifestyle choices but also availability of healthcare services and difficulties accessing early diagnostics, clinical trials and the latest treatments.
- We aim to:
- Be the leading authority on cancer in Yorkshire, understanding the problems and priorities in the region and sharing knowledge with partners.
- Raise awareness of cancer and how to prevent it by working in local communities, schools and colleges, sports clubs and with other health-related organisations.
- Promote screening programmes and fund research that can improve the diagnosis of cancer so we can detect and treat it at the earliest opportunity.
- Invest in innovative research projects at every stage of a cancer patient’s journey.
- Campaign for fair and equal access to the very best healthcare services and a greater share of the money spent nationally on research.
- For further information, please visit www.yorkshirecancerresearch.org.uk or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.
- Nikki Brady, Senior PR Officer – Yorkshire Cancer Research
- Tel: 01423 877 228
- Last updated: 29/08/2017
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