Ilkeston - In The Name Of Charity
w/e 03 November 2013
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Salvation Army CollectorFor Children In NeedOn 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 many charities.

Sue Ryder

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.
Arthritis Research
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.
British Heart Foundation

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.
Save The Children

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 children’s lives.
Arena Hope

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.
The Lighthouse

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.
Royal British Legion

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"!

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