Volunteers at a Penge charity shop have been presented with an inspirational fundraising award for their efforts in supporting Demelza Hospice Care for Children.
Little Ones, in the High Street, has handed over more than £50,000 to the charity in the last six years.
The store was set up by David Henderson and as he had been involved with children’s hospices in the past, he opted to choose a local one to raise money for.
Demelza has a hospice in Eltham which supports more than 230 children and families in the South East London area.
The success of the shop has grown, with regular customers coming in to take advantage of the low prices and to donate their own goods to keep it going.
Half of the profits each month are given to the charity, with the rest going towards the upkeep of the shop.
Mr Henderson, of Phoenix Road, Penge, said he decided to support Demelza because the need is so great.
“The children need it – they are not getting the support of the government so they need support from people like myself,” the 79-year-old said.
“I gave my first donation of £25 to Demelza in 2006 and I have been very surprised with how the shop has gone.