Charity shop manager retires after 25 years of service and £750,000 raised
A charity shop manager in Gloucester is waving goodbye to the charity shop she has called her second home for 25 years, after helping it raise more than £750k for pets in need. The animal healthcare charity PDSA said her efforts had been “life-saving”.
Now, after a quarter of a century at the PDSA charity shop on Kings Square, 66-year-old Sue Cresswell, has worked her last shift. Though, she is promising to return as a volunteer for the charity, which provides free consultations and reduced-cost care for pets up and down the country.
Sue started working at the PDSA shop in 1998, and has since helped it raise over £750,000, funds which go towards helping thousands of pets in Gloucestershire. She said: “In my day, social media was not as popular as today, so I found the job advert in the local newspaper, I adore pets and knew it would be a worthy cause.”
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Sue continued: “It was initially a real challenge when I started the job, as the shop was not yet open and I had to build it up from an empty shell. It was very exciting to watch it develop into the successful shop it is today and for such a brilliant cause.
“I will 100 per cent be going back to volunteer at the shop, because I love it that much and I hope whoever reads my journey, is inspired to join in too.”
The charity says that the £750,000 that Sue has helped to raise for PDSA would equate to either: 10 million syringes, 6000 overnight stays for poorly pets, 2500 emergency dental operations, or the running cost of the Bristol Pet Hospital for more than half a year. In 2022, PDSA provided more than 2 million vet treatments to sick pets in the UK.
Kirsty Waite, Cluster Shop Manager said: “Sue’s commitment and dedication to the local shop is tremendous and has helped go towards PDSA providing life-saving, emergency treatment to so many pets.
“We cannot thank Sue enough for all of the years she has spent with us, in which so much has been achieved. We look forward to welcoming Sue back as a volunteer and want to just say a huge thank you from everyone at PDSA.
“The Gloucester shop located at 20 The Oxebode, Kings Square, Gloucester GL1 1SA, plays a vital role in helping to fund PDSA’s Pet Hospitals, and is always looking to welcome locals who would like to lend a helping hand. If you are interested in volunteering, or would like to follow in a career like Sue’s, please visit our website for more information.”