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In order to comply with the wishes of the Charity Commissioners the Foundation Shop is now operated by Mister Gees Foundation (Trading) Limited.  The trading company will donate all of the net profit from the shop to Mister Gees Foundation, a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) which will in turn distribute the money at the discretion of the trustees.

The CIO operates like most others but with a big difference: taking heed from the old saying “charity begins at home”, not less than 50% of all of the shop sales are donated to good causes or groups in South Woodham Ferrers and the local villages.


To date funding made available to local schools, charities and other groups have exceeded one hundred and sixty thousand pounds, with a similar sum either donated or earmarked for scholarships, quite a milestone.


Applications for funding and suggestions as to how the money can be spent have been solicited via the local press and social media. 

The staff now number forty plus, all of whom bring with them their own personality, qualities, skills and above all sense of humour, why not call in at the shop and say hello.


Full details of how the foundation shop is performing are posted monthly on our website with a link published in The South Woodham Ferrers Focus. For information about future events and regular news, either sign up to our e-mail notification or visit the South Woodham Ferrers Facebook page, something that I'm still trying to master.

We now have five members of staff who are qualified to carry out Portable Appliance Testing (PAT TEST) and most of the sales assistants  have passed part one of the  "Auntie Wainwright's  you can sell anything" course!

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