Ilkeston - In The Name Of Charity
w/e 03 November 2013
All this week's pictures were taken
with a Kodak DX6490
On Thursday the
Salvation Army man was in his usual spot near the Albion Centre
(left) selling copies of "War Cry" raising money for
all the good work the organisation does. A day later similar
fund raising activities were taking place nearby outside Greggs
where Pudsey has been known to put in an appearance in support
of BBC's "Children In Need" campaign which supports
There are however more permanent places in Ilkeston raising money
for various charitable causes and I counted nine from the bottom
of Bath Street to half way down South Street. A Sue Ryder shop
has recently opened in the former Jonathan James footwear premises
opposite the Albion Centre.
And on the same day as the Sue Ryder shop opened,
Arthritis Research UK opened their shop in the Albion Centre
which this week has had a window display themed on Halloween.
Also in the Albion Centre is the Debra shop which works on behalf
of people in the UK with a genetic skin blistering condition.
This shop too had a Halloween themed window display.
Returning to Bath Street and seen here from the entrance to the
Albion Centre is another charity shop, this one being in aid
of the British Heart Foundation.
Debra previously had a shop further down the hill on Bath Street
as did Headway, the charity working to improve life after brain
injury. but the Headway shop, after a move from one side of the
road to the other has now closed and the nearest one is in Eastwood.
Opposite one of the former Headway premises however is the Scope
shop for people with cerebral palsy.
In Pelham Street off the bottom end of Bath Street is a small
shop fund raising for Save The Children, the charity that works
in 120 countries helping to save childrens lives.
At the other end of Bath Street, in fact the first property with
a Market Place address, is the Arena Hope shop, a local charity
associated with the Arena Church. As well as selling a variety
of new and used items, there is also a coffee shop on the premises.
Passing through the Market Place and into South Street we find
one of several shops in the local area raising money for the
Treetops Hospice. The hospice which has a Day Care centre in
Risley provides respite and palliative care for adults with illnesses
such as cancer, motor neurone disease and multiple sclerosis.
Like Treetops, the Lighthouse also has a network of local shops
and the Ilkeston branch is on South Street almost directly opposite
the Treetops shop. In this image of the Lighthouse shop you can
actually see the reflection of the Treetops shop in the window.
The Lighthouse is part of Valley CIDS (Christians Involved in
Developing Society), an independent Derbyshire Christian charity
serving families through work in schools and the wider community.
Those then are the nine shops in Ilkeston town centre but on
Saturdays there is normally a charity stall on the Market Place
too and this week, air cadets were also present at the Saturday
market collecting for the Royal British Legion. Two more stalwarts
who annually collect for the Legion can often be found in the
lead up to Remembrance Day back at the Albion Centre in the B
& M store. I caught them here just as a young man was collecting
his poppy but it's something of a sobering thought that the sign
in the window is already extolling the message "Merry Christmas"!