Tina hands over sale reins

THE organiser of a highly popular series of ‘nearly new’ sales has stepped down after helping to raise thousands of pounds in aid of a local church.

Tina Moir has been the driving force of Ellon Parish Church’s ‘nearly new’ sales for the past thirteen years. Over that period, the sales - held twice each month in the Kirk Centre - have managed to raise nearly £110,000 to help support the church’s activities over the years.

Despite being part of an astonishingly successful fundraising team, Tina said that nevertheless, it was time to move on and allow others to take on the organisation of the sales.

“It’s time to bring in some new blood” said Tina during a typically busy sale last Saturday morning. “There’s a few of us making this our final sale. It can get quite tiring organising two of these every month!”

Each sale manages to bring in a wide range of books, clothes, shoes and household items which go on sale to the public. “As well as the items for sale, we also manage to make a fair bit from our raffles”, she said.

“What we don’t manage to sell has in the past either gone to ‘New Hope’ in Peterhead, or to ‘Someone Cares’ in Aberdeen. We make sure that nothing which is donated goes to waste.

“The people of Ellon have always donated some brilliant stuff to our sales. They really have been very generous down the years - we’ve been very fortunate on that front.

Already, Tina has some plans for her new-found spare time, including devoting time to her family. “I plan to chill out for a bit”, she said. “I’ll be able to help more with my grandchildren. I also plan to visit Australia and spend a little bit of time over there.

After receiving some gifts and words of thanks from shoppers and colleagues, Tina did confess to having some regrets about moving on from organising the sales. “I’ll miss the folk - all the customers and volunteers”, she added. “However, it’s time to hand over and give some new faces a chance.”