Bury St Edmunds manager wins awards for charity shop’s success

Pauline Driver
Pauline Driver
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The manager of a charity shop in Bury St Edmunds has won awards for outperforming hundreds of other stores, including those in London.

Pauline Driver has worked for the Cancer Research UK shop in Cornhill, Bury, for more than 10 years.

At the charity’s AGM last week, the enthusiastic 55-year-old received two awards - Regional Winner 2013 and Area Winner 2013 - for the year’s best performance on donated income.

She said: “This shop does really, really well every year. We have some great supporters here and we do get some really nice donations.”

This is the fourth time the Bury shop has won the area award, beating 19 other stores.

But it is the first time it has won the regional title, which includes all Cancer Research UK shops in London, and around 394 shops in total.

Ms Driver, from Elmswell, said that each shop’s performance was measured against a target based on how well it performed the previous year.

Of winning the awards, she said: “It was a total shock but I was elated. It’s brilliant.”

She added: “It’s a credit to all the volunteers and supporters we have that a small shop like this can do so well. We’ve got some great customers.”

Assistant manager Jacky Nunn said: “She came back beaming from ear to ear she was so proud. She works very hard and has a loyal team. They go the extra mile for her so it’s not just the cause, it’s her as well.”

The shop receives between 250-300 bags of donations every week. It takes everything except electrical goods and safety items such as crash helmets.

It is already £10,000 over target for this financial year, which began in April.