Village store aids charity


SHOPPERS at a village store have been doing their bit for the country’s leading first aid charity, thanks to the shop owners.

Over the past year, Eugene and Sheila Swift have kept a St John Ambulance collection box on their counter at Rowsley Country Store, raising over £100 towards the charity’s vital work in Derbyshire.

“Things are pretty tight nowadays, so it’s good to be able to do something like this,” says Eugene, who was an SJA cadet in the village in his youth.

“It’s nice to see customers popping their change in the box and if anyone wants to put a poster up in the shop, we ask them to make a contribution.”

He adds: “If every shop in Derbyshire had a collection box for St John Ambulance, it would make a real difference to the charity.”

Eugene and Sheila have been thanked by the new president of SJA’s Buxton Division – and county council chairman – Cllr Robin Baldry. He said: “Even basic first aid knowledge can save a life. This donation can help support our volunteers and help us provide more people with that knowledge.”