Swapshop raises thousands

Sharon Deyell at her Swapshop on Sunday as people from across Shetland rummage for clothes. Photo: Chris Cope/Shetland News

AROUND £4,000 was raised for local charities at the weekend thanks to Sharon’s Swapshop.

Bargain hunters flocked to the Aith Hall on Sunday in their droves to rummage through racks of unwanted clothes and accessories, despite the weekend snow.

Organiser Sharon Deyell said the money raised through the donation scheme will go to a range of charities and organisations, including the Salvation Army, Shetland Food Bank, Shetland Solidarity with Refugees, Walls Methodist Cafe, Shetland Aid Trust, Walls Brownies and Westside Youth Club.


She said the day was “absolutely amazing” as an army of volunteers helped to replenish the racks as well as provide refreshments.

Money raised from the day will go towards a number of local charities.

“I was brawly panicky yesterday morning we da wadder, but my trusty team of volunteers said we wir going ahead and dat was dat and it really was a great turn out,” Sharon added.

“Nothing seems to put the Swapshoppers off. I said some year we will invite Santy Claus to it though as we always get snow.”

The Swapshop, which is in its 11th year and now something of a local institution, saw queues form ahead of its midday opening.

Fraser Johnson from Westerskeld, who was at the first swapshop in 2007 when he was just a few months old and has been to every one since, cut the ribbon to open the day.