Urgent Appeal as Flash Downpour Closes Charity Shop

Wimbledon Guild's Mitcham branch closes after being flooded

Local welfare charity Wimbledon Guild has been struck by a flash downpour closing its charity shop in Mitcham. The unprecedented rainfall and resulting damage means that the charity is now desperate for new stock and has issued an urgent appeal for donations.

The shop, in Upper Green East, will be closed for a few days while staff evaluate the damage.

A spokesman for the charity explained that carpets, wallpaper and stock had been destroyed in the deluge.

Jane Platts, Head of Social Welfare at Wimbledon Guild

Jane Platts, Head of Social Welfare at Wimbledon Guild

Jane Platts, Head of Social Welfare, said: "Gill the shop manager and the many volunteers provide a great service and are well known locally. We not only sell items but also provide assistance with clothing and items for families, such as people needing suits for interviews and other everyday household requirements."

The Wimbledon Guild hopes to have the shop open as soon as possible. Any donations can either be sent to Guild House, Worple Road, Wimbledon or dropped off at the shop once it is open again.

The charity works towards its key aims of tackling poverty, encouraging mental wellbeing and supporting ageing. The charity shop is key to this.

Jane added: "We really do hope to have the shop reopened as soon as possible."

If you can offer to help please call Wimbledon Guild on 020 8946 0735.

June 9, 2016