The daughter of Julia Perks – the paediatric nurse who was the inspiration behind Julia’s House children’s hospices – is the new manager of our Broadstone charity shop.
Natasha Valentine began volunteering at the Creekmoor shop four years ago. Within a year she joined the Julia’s House staff as a part time sales-assistant and will now be heading up the Broadstone team.
Natasha said: “I have loved being involved with Julia’s House and watching it evolve. I’m incredibly proud of the legacy that mum has created, and I am so very excited about the opportunity to help the charity grow and succeed. I look forward to welcoming customers, old and new soon.”
It was only last month that the Broadstone shop moved into its new premises, on Lower Blandford Road, which was officially opened by Julia’s House Patron Debra Stephenson.
The new location and modern interior is proving to be a big hit with customers. The shop recently took £1,000 in just one day. In fact the stock is selling so fast the shop is now appealing for more donations to help meet demand.
Tracy Stanley, Retail Manager said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the support we’ve had from local businesses and we’ve had incredible feedback from customers – the comments book is nearly full. We’ve certainly been welcomed with open arms.”