In December the Oundle branch of the Air Ambulance Charity Shop received the Community Impact Award 2018 from the Air Ambulance Service for its work in the community.
There are 28 charity shops in the five county region served by the Air Ambulance. The Oundle shop has been open since July 2015 and has hosted events such as the Oundle Charity Rock Concert, the 2017 Air Ambulance Christmas Fayre and the Maltings Christmas Fair.
The award’s citation said that the shop was “constantly engaging with the community resulting in the valuable generation of clothing and monetary donations, and embracing new opportunities within the community”.
One way the air ambulance service has increased their shops’ revenue is by also selling their items via their eBay store, allowing them to reach those who are unable to visit the shops in person. The shop has a wide variety of products, ranging from clothes and jewellery to educational books for children.
Manager of the shop, Faith Ross, said: “The award is due to the fabulous team that has been interacting with the community and doing fundraising themselves. Much of that fundraising doesn’t come through the shop itself, but comes from community fundraising, so is an example of community supportiveness.”
On 3 April the Golf Club hosted a fashion show organised by Diversity Boutique. With generous donations from local businesses, the raffle raised £300 for the Air Ambulance.