Les King, Dr Henry Mannings and other members of the Star Throwers team were also there for the cutting of the ribbon at 11:30am, officially opening Star Throwers first ever charity shop.
Les, who owns the shop, gave a speech shortly before the opening: "This project all started exactly four months ago when my friend Kenny Cook suggested letting Star Throwers open its first charity shop. Kenny sadly passed away recently but I'm sure he would be very happy and is looking down on us today."
He continued: "I have visited Star Throwers and I have seen the good work that they do, they have all worked very hard (for this). I am sure the shop will get a lot of support from people in Wymondham."
Dr Henry Mannings, who founded the charity, was very proud that the day finally arrived: "I'm really happy we have been able to open a shop, it's fantastic. Since we started three years ago, it has been our dream to get a charity shop in the town. We are very lucky Les King offered us the use of his shop."
He also thanked the volunteers for their help: "I would also like to take this moment to thank all the volunteers who made this possible."
After the shop opening a reception was held at 30 Melton Road to thank the following local businesses and individuals who have pledged to donate £2.50 a week to support the charity shop in its first year:
Money Properties | Money Lettings | Collins Butchers | Tony Selby
M.W Surfacing Ltd | Hazel Butchers | Barry Martin | Station Bistro
Simon Caston | J.S Asphalt | David Green | Michael Armstrong
I.D Sweepers | Arthur Nudds | Kenny Buckenham Scaffolding
Les Dawes | Woodview Mushrooms | Caroline Hubbard
Caroline Codd and Pauline Kirby | Post Mill Garage | Paul Gardiner
Paul Hawkins | Chris Green | Fitness Express | Park Farm Hotel
Thanks also goes to Sainsburys for donating £25 towards our reception and to Sean Harris from Dell Bowls Club Wymondham who brought down his Olympic Torch to the opening (Sean carried the flame through Norwich on July 5th).
Thank you, of course, also goes to Les King for not just letting Star Throwers use his shop but for all his help prior to the opening with the preparations and the publicity and the countless other kind things he does to support our cause.
Finally, last but not least, thank you to everyone who supports and has supported Star Throwers in one way or another to get us to this point.
The charity shop desperately needs more donations to keep it going.
We will be grateful for any of the following items in good condition:
Second hand clothing, shoes, handbags, jewellery, toys and games, books. Also needed are DVD’s, CD’s, bric-a-brac, kitchenware, ornaments, unwanted gifts. Unfortunately we won't be able to accept electrical goods or large pieces of furniture.
You can donate goods to the charity shop at 10 Middleton Street, Wymondham, NR18 0AD. Alternatively, we will also accept donations at 30 Melton Road, Wymondham, NR18 0DB.
If you are interested in volunteering at our first charity shop in August, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01953 423304.