Cancer Research UK plans more £1 charity shops after success of Oxford store

CRUK's first £1 shop has generated more than £87,000 in sales since it opened in August

Cancer Research UK £1 shop in Oxford
Cancer Research UK £1 shop in Oxford

Cancer Research UK is planning to expand the number of £1 charity shops it runs after its first store generated sales of more than £87,000 in less than six months.

The first £1 shop, in a retail park in Oxford, opened in August, and the charity has since opened a similar store near Edinburgh.

CRUK said it was looking for more suitable spaces for £1 outlets in the UK.

Julie Byard, head of donated stock at CRUK, said the store had received about 200 bags of donated stock each week since its launch in August. This has totalled 4,533 bags, worth more than £110,000 in stock (not including Gift Aid), some of which has gone to other local stores.

The store sells clothes, books, homeware, children’s toys and cards, and has a donations bank outside the store where people can drop off items 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

"The shop has been a huge success with excellent sales and a huge bonus income from the good quality stock that has been donated there," said Byard.

"We knew it made sense to have a £1 shop in the area because we had saleable items that were not quite right for some of our nearby top high-street locations but could be great finds for customers looking for bargains."

CRUK has been occupying the site temporarily under a rolling agreement with the landlord while it was not in use, so it might have to make way for a new tenant.

"We always knew this would be a temporary location, and we designed all the elements that make it uniquely a CRUK shop to be as mobile as possible," said Byard. "The local support – both shopping and donating – has been so overwhelming that we would love to find a similar unit in the area so we can keep raising money."

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