Manager Paul Redford with the items for auction.

Donors help raise cash for Spalding charity shop

Two anonymous donors are helping Spalding’s Sue Ryder Bookshop with two ‘extraordinary’ donations.

The first item handed to the shop in The Crescent is a brand new Hornby 00 gauge model locomotive called ‘Thorpe Hall’ – which is the location of the charity’s hospice in Peterborough.

“The donor deliberately presented us with this item because he was hopeful that the significance of its name would help increase public awareness,” said shop manager Paul Redford (pictured).

The loco is being sold by silent auction and is currently on display in the store.

“The exceedingly generous donation has been made in good time for Christmas when hopefully a successful bidder will secure this fully-functioning model as a gift for themselves or a loved-one,” said Mr Redford.

The second donation is a copy of Gooch’s History of Spalding from 1940, which always attracts interest.

“The only other copy of this book which came through our doors more than ten years ago was sold on that occasion for £150,” said Mr Redford, pictured.

It is also the subject of a silent auction and bids can be made until 5pm on Friday, December 21 at the bookshop.

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