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Freak flood devastates charity shop

Jennifer Hallos, Tracey Broadbent, Gillian Greenwood and Rita Jagger, cleaning up after the flood at Overgate Hospice charity shop, Sowerby Bridge

Jennifer Hallos, Tracey Broadbent, Gillian Greenwood and Rita Jagger, cleaning up after the flood at Overgate Hospice charity shop, Sowerby Bridge

An Overgate Hospice charity shop has weathered stormy waters after a flood has ruined stock and forced staff to shut shop.

A burst radiator from a property above Sowerby Bridge’s Overgate Hospice shop has wreaked havoc - ruining all of the shops donated stock and the shop’s one week closure means a substantial loss of takings.

Last Saturday morning an Overgate relief manager opened the shop to find the stock room and part of the main shop area flooded.

Overgate senior retail co-ordinator Tracey Broadbent said: “All donated stock in the sorting room has been destroyed in the flood, as well as shop floor stock.

“Losing the stock and having to close the shop has cost the hospice a lot of money in stock and revenue.

“Staff and volunteers have worked tirelessly to clean-up the mess. We are now asking people to bring what they can as we’re in desperate need to replenish lost stock.

“We’re hoping to be open on Saturday - if not, Monday.”

Mrs Broadbent said the damage was a ‘freak blow-out’ from an above radiator.

The landlord of the above property has taken responsibility through his insurers.

 

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