Ollie, 14, to help open new EACH shop in Cambridge


Tuesday 9 April 2019



A 14-year-old boy who receives care and support from East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) is set to play a starring role in the opening of the charity’s new shop in Cambridge.

Ollie Duell, who lives in Kinross Road with mum Claire, dad Gavin and sister Georgina, will cut the ribbon at the former Hughes premises in Cherry Hinton Road on Thursday 11 April.

Ollie lives with a complex medical condition that affects his bowel and stomach.

Claire said: “EACH is such a huge part of our lives now. It’s provides us with much needed care and support through the very bumpy journey that is Ollies life. They provide much needed respite for Ollie but also a shoulder for us to lean on which is priceless.

“We’re so pleased to have been asked to attend the opening of the new EACH shop.”

Ollie added: “I’m really looking forward to seeing the new shop. And to open it so people can spend all their money to help children like me!”

Catharine Chester, EACH Shop Manager, said: “We’re so happy to be joining the community here and it’s great that Ollie plans to join us for the opening.

“We’ve been hard at work making the shop ready for launch and there’ll be free refreshments on the first day, so please do come along and celebrate with us what’s promising to be a fantastic occasion!”

The new shop will trade six days a week from Monday to Saturday, offering the same range of high-quality goods customers of existing EACH shops are used to.

The charity’s retail portfolio is growing at a fast pace, with nine shops having opened last year. This latest one in Cherry Hinton Road will be its second of 2019 and 37th overall. EACH already has shops in Histon Road and Cherry Hinton High Street.

It welcomes donations of the following clean and good-quality goods: clothing, bric-a-brac, modern paperbacks, toys, jewellery, DVDs/CDs, household linens, retro and vintage clothes, and small electrical items. These can be dropped off at the new shop from Monday 8 April.

EACH also needs donations of good-quality furniture and can collect it free of charge if you are unable to transport it yourself. Call 01842 821620 for more information.

To put into context the difference just a small donation to a shop can make to the vital work EACH does, here are some examples of what your donation could pay for:

- A top, skirt or pair of trousers worth £5 could pay for art supplies for a session of art therapy
- A tea set worth £11 could fund an hour of specialist play tailored to a child’s individual needs
- A nice wedding hat or jacket worth £19 could pay for an hour of vital physiotherapy
- An item of good-quality furniture or prom dress worth £24 could fund an hour with a psychologist to help guide and support families going through, likely, the toughest period of their lives.

In the past financial year, EACH shops generated an impressive profit of over £1.1 million that all went towards helping families make the most of their precious time together.

Anyone interested in more information on volunteering at the new shop can email volunteerservices@each.org.uk or call Sarah Throssell on 07540 335680.