A charity shop which is supporting a packed animal shelter has seen a rise in takings following a refurbishment.
The PACT charity shop in Norwich Street, Fakenham,has undergone a complete re-fit which has been supported by shoppers.
Now the store has seen a 20 to 40 per cent rise in takings following the refurbishment.
The extra income is welcomed for the shelter, which is based Woodrising, Hingham, as it is currently caring for about 1,500 animals, including cats, dogs, ferrets, goats and horses.
Regional manager George Rockingham is pleased with the new look and the response.
He said: “The shop has been completely refitted and it looks much brighter. Since the re-opening we have seen an increase in takings.
“We run eight shops in the area which provide £150,000 a year for the charity. We need £1,200 a day to run the shelter so the money from the charity shops makes quite a big contribution towards that figure.”
The charity is currently packed with 120 cats and a further 20 in quarantine along with 40 goats.
The shelter has had to turn people away from as far as the Wirrell as it is full and is running a waiting list to take on animals.
An appeal is also running for more volunteers to work at the Fakenham shop.
Currently it has a total of five people who give up their time to steam clean, sort and serve in the shop. But the site needs a further 20 people to give up a morning a week to help a worthy charity.
The shelter will open a shop in Lynn shortly.
PACT will hold an open day at the shelter on Sunday, August 17 from 12.30pm.
In our picture above, Fakenham Town Mayor, Jeremy Punchard, is shown cutting the ribbon at the refurbished shop. He is joined by Vicki Shaw, Chris Rockingham, Valerie Harrison and Paul William.