Pop-up shop for Jessie May takes off in Yate Shopping Centre

June 30 2015

MORE than £1,800 was taken in the opening week of a charity’s first pop-up shop in Yate Shopping Centre, giving a major boost to the Jessie May Trust.

MORE than £1,800 was taken in the opening week of a charity’s first pop-up shop in Yate Shopping Centre, giving a major boost to the Jessie May Trust.
A unit at 33 North Walk has been given free of charge for two months to the Kingswood-based trust, which provides nursing care at home for children and young people with life limiting conditions.
Andrew Lowrey, the shopping centre manager, said: “As a local children’s charity, we wanted to provide support for this very valuable service.”
He said the temporary shop would help raise the trust’s profile and bring in much needed cash.
The charity was founded by Chris and Philippa Purrington as a result of the death of their daughter, Jessica May, who had the genetic condition spinal muscular atrophy. She was just four-and-a-half-months-old.
Since 1996, the trust has provided its care for free in the South Gloucestershire, Bristol and north Somerset area but is almost entirely reliant on voluntary funding.
Julian Withers, its head of fund raising and communications, said the shop’s first week was “fabulous”, with no-one expecting to raise so much money.
He said: “We are amazed at everyone’s generosity and so grateful to Yate Shopping Centre for donating our first pop-up shop. “Because of the fantastic donation of the shop, we are truly able to say that 100 per cent of the money raised by it will go towards the vital work of Jessie May nurses.”
The shop will remain open until the end of July and anyone who wants to donate clothes or other items – or volunteer to work for a few hours in the premises - should email fundraising@jessiemay.org.uk or phone 0117 958 2174.