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Salendine Nook charity shop celebrates after winning an award

Julia Duquemin, manager of the DebRA shop, was handed the special recognition award

Award for Debra charity shop, Salendine Nook shopping centre - Manager Julia Duquemin, Area manager Susan Davison, Deputy Manager Maxine Boland and customer Petra Lehmann.

Charity shop staff are celebrating after winning an award.

The DebRA shop, which is based in Salendine Nook Shopping Centre, was handed the special recognition accolade.

It was given to store manager Julia Duquemin at a conference at Keele University in Staffordshire.

Julia was nominated for the award by her area manager Susan Davison after turning the store around.

The charity works to help people in the UK with the genetic skin blistering condition Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB).

It has more than 100 charity shops across the country and the money they raise goes into work and research into the disorder.

Julia, of Holmfirth, has transformed the store since taking it over last August.

She has several years of experience in retail in both Huddersfield and Bradford.

Julia said: “I’ve been giving it (the shop) a bit of structure, putting where I’ve worked into practice.

“We make sure that we only have the best stock.

“It’s a charity shop but it’s still retail and customers will only come if it’s nice.”

To make the store attractive to customers Julia has made use of the window dressing skills of one of her volunteers.

She also took a PAT test to ensure that electrical goods could be sold and has increased sales and Gift Aid donations.

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