Pop-up Wickham shop for charity to get longer run

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A CHARITY’S pop-up shop in a former doctors’ surgery has proved so popular that the team behind it are extending its run by another three weeks.

The shop, dubbed The Emporium, in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support in Station Road, Wickham, was due to finish on November 24, but will now carry on until December 15.

And the Fareham and district fundraising team are thrilled that the venture has already raised more than £4,000 for the cause.

But they have been so busy that the team is also appealing for donations of more stock to make the most of the extended run.

The shop hit the ground running by selling a bright yellow telephone box, donated by cable company Prysmian, for £750 on their first weekend in October.

Group chairwoman Celia Creedon said: ‘The couple who bought the phone box came in after seeing the story about it in The News, so that was fantastic.

‘Apparently they already have an old bus stop in their back garden, so it’s going with that.

‘Since that great start, it’s been going really well and we decided we wanted to keep that momentum going up to Christmas.

‘The decision to stay on was really one of popular demand, lots of people have been asking us how long we’ll be there for.

‘Unfortunately all our original publicity material said we would only be there until November 24, so we need to get the word out.’

Celia added: ‘We’ve had lots of compliments on the quirky, emporium feel of the shop and now have regular customers who turn up early each Saturday to see what’s new.

‘As a result we do need more stock.’

Anyone who wants to make a donation of items to sell is asked to come forward and contact the group. They should call Shirley Pearce on 01329 231089 or Celia 01489 601684. Collections can be made.

The Emporium is open every Saturday until December 15 from 8am to 3.30pm.