Double celebrations at shop

Christopher Parkes (middle) with seven of the five-year volunteers
Christopher Parkes (middle) with seven of the five-year volunteers

An Ellon charity shop has celebrated the work of its volunteers following its five year anniversary.

The New Arc shop opened on Bridge Street back in 2012 and ten of its volunteers have been there to help since day one.

Volunteer Shop Manager, Christopher Parkes, said: “To have ten volunteers achieve five years voluntary service is astounding and something I am very proud of.

“Over the five years we’ve been trading we’ve managed to maintain a volunteer team of 42 which is equally impressive and says a lot for the friendly atmosphere that we all try to keep in the shop - both front and back.

“The time and help that every one of them has given to the charity is much appreciated and it’s the least I could do to gift our team with some chocolates and a gift voucher.”

The volunteers that have reached five years of service are Kathleen Walker, Mary Lawrence, Pat Nortcliffe, Sarah Phillips, June Stewart, Jayne Simpson, Michael Mair, Vi Cummings, Mabel Milne and Aileen Angus.

The shop is owned by The North East Wildlife and Animal Rescue Centre, better known as The New Arc.

All funds raised at the shop is used to help with the upkeep of the New Arc Centre, which is located between Ellon and Auchnagatt.

The centre has facilities for a range of animals and is entirely funded by donations, sponsors and membership.

Money donated helps with maintaining and upgrading buildings, feeding the animals and paying vet fees.