Jumble sale an institution — after raising £50,000!

QUEENS (AND KING!) OF THE JUMBLE -- from left, Imelda Johnson, Beryl Handley, Judy Dickinson, Margaret Hosking, Peter Voysey and Avril Ridley -- DISPIC NHUD11-3251-1
QUEENS (AND KING!) OF THE JUMBLE -- from left, Imelda Johnson, Beryl Handley, Judy Dickinson, Margaret Hosking, Peter Voysey and Avril Ridley -- DISPIC NHUD11-3251-1

OLD clothes, used toys and unwanted furniture have combined with a huge slice of dedication to help a long-standing jumble sale in Hucknall raise more than £50,000 in just five years.

The monthly event started life as a stall on Market Place where volunteers initially doubted whether it would take off.

But since then, it has flourished and now attracts hundreds of bargain-hunters to the hall at the John Godber Centre on Ogle Street on the first Friday of every month.

So far this year, through 11 sales, it has raised more than £14,000.

The money is split between the John Godber Centre and the historic Hucknall Parish Church where the cash this year will be crucial to boosting a £150,000 appeal to repair the crumbling church tower.

Margaret Hosking, who is one of the organising team, said: “It’s amazing. People who support us are so generous.

“The jumble sale has become an institution and we get people queueing up outside before we have even opened.

“I would like to say a huge thankyou to everyone involved — but especially those who donate. Without them, we would not exist.

“It fills a real need for those who buy from the jumble sale. It is crucial to raising funds for the church and the John Godber Centre.”

A dedicated group of up to 60 volunteers are involved with the jumble sale. They take on roles from sorting through donated items to manning stalls and clearing up after the event.

Many of those committed to the initiative are members of the congregation at the parish church, but not all.

Hucknall’s rector, the Rev Kathryn Herrod, said: “When I first came to the town, I was invited to the jumble sale and thought that if it made £200, it would be great.

“But when I saw it and was told it raises an average of more than £1,000, I was shocked. It is fantastic and is built on real community spirit.”

Last December, the jumble sale gave away £1,100 to local charities in the form of donations of £100. It is planning to do the same this year.