HUNDREDS of people in Ashbourne have been telling us which they think is the best charity shop in the town.
We have counted up the results and can now confirm the top three places to get the best bargains according to you, in a very tight contest.
The winner was Mind in St John Street, with The Salvation Army, in Market Place, a close second.
Third place went to Cancer Research in Market Place.
Readers used our website, Facebook and Twitter sites, as they voted over the past five days for the town's top charity shop.
Andrea Shipley, manager of the Ashbourne Mind shop, paid tribute to the team of volunteers and said they make all the difference. She said: “We wouldn’t be able to do any of this without them. They are so committed to helping out and do a fantastic job helping customers and making sure everything we offer for sale is in excellent condition.”
Mind campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding of mental health issues, and has more than 130 shops in the UK, selling second hand clothes, furniture and gifts. The Ashbourne shop is planning a major refurbishment in February next year. Andrea said: “It’s fantastic news, we will be extending the shop, having new fixtures and fittings and so this accolade couldn’t have come at a better time for us. It proves that we are on the right track and offering people in town what they really want.”
Andrea is keen for people making donations to use Gift Aid – as this increases the revenue the shop makes from every sale. She said: “Gift Aid is great because it means we get more money at no extra cost to the donor. For every £1 sold, we currently get £1.25 as we can claim back tax on behalf on the person donating the goods. Last year we received more than £8,000 from Gift Aid alone, so it’s definitely worth doing.”