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24 May 2024

New Shop on Mersea Island Opens



On Wednesday 22nd May, we were excited to have our new charity shop on Mersea Island officially opened by CEO Jane Gurney and David Cook, a former patient who has benefitted directly from the life-saving service the air ambulance provides.


David and his wife Jill, councillors including West Mersea Mayor Sophie Weaver, supporters from the Lions Club, EHAAT trustees Clive Gilham and Roy Marfleet, volunteers and staff gathered together outside the shop, located at 35 Barfield Road, where Jane cut the ribbon to mark the occasion.


In 2010 while on holiday on Mersea Island, David was bitten by a snake. He went into anaphylactic shock and was air-lifted to hospital. After his incident, David and Jill supported the charity by volunteering for many years.


More than just a retail space, the new charity shop symbolises the dedication of the Mersea Island community and marks a significant advancement in the charity’s mission to save lives. The larger premises, situated conveniently across the road from the original location, offers ample space for browsing and discovering remarkable bargains. Additionally, the shop features improved donation facilities and parking for donation drop-offs.


Jane Gurney, EHAAT CEO said, “This new shop is more than just a place to find a bargain or give your pre-loved items a second chance; it’s a testament to the commitment of the Mersea Island community and a significant stride forward in our mission to save lives. We’re particularly proud to be opening this new charity shop, right where our retail story began over 20 years ago. Now we’ve moved across the road to this bigger and better location, we are offering more space for you to browse and find amazing bargains. The more you shop, the more life-saving missions you’ll make possible.”


This year, encouraged by the incredible support of the local community, the Mersea shop team has set a challenge to divert 70 tonnes of pre-loved items from landfill. Locals are encouraged to be a part of what will be a significant environmental achievement and to track their progress there will be a visual chart in the shop, allowing everyone to see the positive impact of their contributions.


Jane was also delighted to present Mersea shop volunteer Rosie Bird with an award in recognition of 20 years of valuable service. Volunteers play a vital role in the running of EHAAT’s charity shops too and the charity is incredibly grateful to the amazing team for all their enthusiasm and dedication. Those interested in volunteering are encouraged to pop into the shop to talk to a member of the team. More information about volunteering and supporting your local life-saving charity can be found at https://ehaat.org/volunteer/


Essex & Herts Air Ambulance’s Mersea Charity Shop, located at 35 Barfield Road, West Mersea CO5 8QX is open: Monday-Saturday: 09:00-17:00, Sunday: 10:00-16:00



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