Two big targets for Market Harborough charity shop

Cancer Research charity shop in Market Harborough celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and hopes to pass the '�2 million raised for charity' mark later this  year.
Cancer Research charity shop in Market Harborough celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and hopes to pass the '�2 million raised for charity' mark later this year.

A charity shop hopes to celebrate its 25th year in Market Harborough by passing the £2million mark in money raised.

The Cancer Research UK shop, in Coventry Road, could pass the £2million mark this year, said shop manager Jill Foxon.

“We will do it if we can equal the £120,000 we raised last year” Jill explained.

“We would like to thank everyone who has made the Market Harborough shop the success that it is” added Jill, who has been the shop’s manager for 17 years.

“We opened 25 years ago and have gone from strength to strength.”

The money raised by Cancer Research UK is used in different fields of scientific research and in various specialist units in British hospitals, including Glenfield Hospital in Leicester.

“The money goes towards the science,” said Jill. “80p in every pound raised goes on research into cancer.”

The Market Harborough shop opened in 1990. It sells clothing, accessories, jewellery, books, DVDs, CDs and bric-a-brac.

It is now one of 573 Cancer Research shops across the UK, which raise millions each year for the charity.

The Cancer Research UK shop is one of around 10 charity shops in the town centre at the moment.

“You’re right, there are quite a few charity shops in Market Harborough” said Jill.

“But I don’t think we take business away from the mainstream retailers, with their newer, more up-to-date stock. I think we actually complement each other.

“Market Harborough has still got a lovely set of shops, and I think charity shops are just part of that mix.”

The Cancer Research UK shop is having a mid-season sale, from Monday, July 20 until Saturday, August 1.

Meanwhile, if anyone is interested in volunteer work with the town’s Cancer Research UK branch, they should speak to Jill at the shop.