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Thousand’s raised from pop-up charity shop


Eight thousand to be precise. A combined total of £8,000 was raised through Yeovil Hospital Charity’s pop-up shop and Santa’s Grotto, which was located in the Quedam Shopping Centre over the festive period.

Hundred’s of customers from near and far visited the pop-up shop and grotto from the 17th November – 21st December, helping to raise £8,000 for the Charity. For the 5th year running Yeovil Hospital Charity teamed up with over 16 local businesses to offer a christmassy shop with a wide variety of products.

Sarah Cherry, Community Fundraiser said, “we are absolutely delighted with how popular our Crafty Christmas Gift Shop and Grotto have become over the years. We are proud to have such a great selection of stall holders selling their wares and supporting our fundraising for the hospital. This money will enable us to make such a difference for our patients.”

The Grotto also saw a record number of people with over 500 excited children going to see Santa and his elf. Marketing Manager, Aimee-jade Kingdon explains these successes; “we’ve found that our consumers are becoming more and more interested in having a great experience which is why we continue to host and create events, activities and products that our consumers cannot get online. We strive on supporting local charities, businesses and our community which is why we were so delighted to hear how much money was raised through Yeovil Hospital Charity’s shop and grotto.”

The ‘pop up scheme’ gives new, local and small businesses the opportunity to open in a retail environment for a six-week period at no cost; it helps them to understand whether there is a market for their business in the local area and whether a shopping centre is a suitable location for them.

Enquiries regarding Shopping Centre bookings, the ‘pop up scheme’ and business opportunities should be directed to General Manager, James Tovey.

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