Shop rebels give away local grants

Nick Cater

Elderly charity shop volunteers who rebelled against having a paid supervisor and set up a breakaway operation have given away £6,000 in grants.

Brainwave, which originally ran the shop in the Somerset village of Martock, tried to introduce a supervisor to meet health and safety requirements and help volunteers improve fundraising (Third Sector, 10 May).

The volunteers rebelled, took over the premises and renamed the shop Martock Charity Shop. In its first six months, the volunteer group was expanded and the shop became a registered charity.

The first grants round included £3,000 for the British Institute for Brain Injured Children and £1,000 each for the village school, Somerset's St Margaret's Hospice and a local child's cancer appeal.

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