Charity shop in clothes plea as flood hits stock

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A charity shop in Newmarket is sending out an urgent appeal for clothing after losing all of its winter stock following a flood in the store.

The RSPCA shop in Market Street is after items of winter clothing, such as coats, jumpers, and trousers, after around 50 bags of stock had to be thrown out due to the flood which took place earlier this year.

“The flood happened when we had all the torrential rain earlier this year after rain had got through a metal grate,” said Lynne Rawlinson, manager.

“I went down one morning to find about four inches of water in the cellar. I had to throw it all out as it was soaked right through. I was disappointed more than anything as there were some decent items of stock in there.”

In an attempt to help replenish stock levels signs have been put up in the shop, while action has been taken by staff to prevent a similar occurrence from happening again should water get into the cellar.

“Following the flood we have now put a layer of wooden pallets down in the cellar which stand three pallets high of the floor to stop such a thing from happening again,” said Lynne.

“Since we have put signs up in the shop window we have seen the number of donations improve but we could do with a lot more though.”

Anyone wishing to donate clothes to the shop can drop them off in store between 9.30am and 4.30pm 
Monday to Saturday, and between 10am and 4pm on Sundays.