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King's Lynn charity shop staff 'so happy' to be back as store reopens




After more than 16 weeks of being closed for business, Lynn’s YMCA shop has reopened its doors to customers, donors and staff today.

The Norfolk Street shop now has safety measures in place, such as a protective screen at the till, markers on the floor indicating a one-way flow around the premises and posters reminding customers to follow social distancing guidance.

There is also a maximum of 10 of customers who can be in the store at any one time.

YMCA charity shop in King's Lynn reopens after the coronavirus lockdown. Pictured are assistant manager Ed Pitkin and manager Donna Hewish.(39024310)
YMCA charity shop in King's Lynn reopens after the coronavirus lockdown. Pictured are assistant manager Ed Pitkin and manager Donna Hewish.(39024310)

Manager Donna Hewish, who has been helping to reopen some of the YMCA’s other stores in the company’s first phase, said she was “so happy” to be back in the Lynn shop to reopen it for the charity’s second phase.

She said: “This shop has been closed for four months – the company opened our shops in stages, just to make sure we were safe.”

Donna said as donated items have to be quarantined for 48 hours, they now have designated ‘donation days’ on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10am to 4pm.

“People have been so generous and that’s fantastic but we have to keep people safe,” she added.

There is a donation point at the back of the store, which can be accessed via the bridge at the back of the town centre Sainsbury’s on Oldsunway.

Lynn’s YMCA shop is open 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sundays.


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