Interview: Sue Ryder

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Sue Ryder is a charity shop based throughout the United Kingdom. I was lucky enough to interview Amy Coulson who helps run Sue Ryder in Nottingham. This charity shop in Nottingham is a vintage and retro charity shop. 

Hello! Thank you so much for letting me interview you. How are you? 

Hey! Really well thank you!

Can you tell us a little bit about this charity. 

We are a national charity providing incredible hospice and neurological care for people facing a frightening, life-changing diagnosis. We provide expert medical care as well as emotional support. 

What does the Sue Ryder Charity shop sell in Nottingham? 

We are a Vintage and Retro Specialist shop. We stock everything from clothing to furniture. Some of our best sellers are bikes- which are part of our Saved project, a re-cycling initiative.

Why do you think it is important to have vintage and retro charity shops? 

To help preserve our history.

Do you have any tips for anyone shopping in vintage and charity shops? 

Visit as often as you can - we aim to put out 100 items a day. 

What are the main things that you sell?

Our clothing will always be a best seller- we get some really beautiful stock.

Why do you think it's important to buy second hand?

To keep items out of landfill - where the items will break down and contribute to pollution.

Why do you think charity shops are an important place to shop for clothes? 

Charity shops are eco friendly, helping a great cause and are a great way to express your individuality. 

Do you think it is an important aspect to make your own clothing? 

We have a SAVED project where we encourage volunteers to help up- cycle or mend items. It's great because their skills are helping us to raise money for the charity AND we create some really fabulous things!

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What do we hope to see in this up and coming year for the Sue Ryder Instagram account? 

We have lots of events happening so follow us now on @suerydernottingham We handpick our stock and we find some real gems and we love working with local photographers, models and creatives so there's always a new, exciting photoshooot happening!

Do you have any advice for anyone who would like to set up their own Instagram? 

Have a look at what other people are doing and find a style that suits you. We have lots of fun with ours and like it to look neat and professional. 

Do you have any advice for anyone wanting to volunteer at a charity shop? 

Yeah - pop in or give us a call! If you're not in Nottingham there are over 400 Sue Ryder shops across the country- you can apply on the Sue Ryder website or just pop into the shop. 

What’s the best piece of creative advice you’ve ever been given? 

Think about visual organisation. We recently won an award - Best Charity Shop Interior- which was awarded by the Charity Retail Association. We like to create an environment that's exciting yet easy to shop. 

You can take a look at their Instagram here '@suerydernottingham' and you can take a look at their website 'http://www.sueryder.org'. You can also follow their Facebook page 'https://www.facebook.com/SueRyderNottingham/'. 

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