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Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s Westbury charity shop to close

Wiltshire Air Ambulance announces its Westbury charity shop will close later this year.

This announcement comes at a time when retail across the board has seen a downturn and the costs associated with running retail businesses are increasing.

The charity is exercising a break clause in the lease of the shop, in Maristow Street, and it will close on 30 June 2020.

The shop opened on 15 March 1998 and was run independently by local lady Dot Whitehead.

Dot died in December 2012, aged 81, and the following year Wiltshire Air Ambulance took over the running of the shop.

Wiltshire Air Ambulance chief executive David Philpott said: “It’s been a very difficult decision for the Board to make, especially as the shop has been raising funds for our charity since 1998.

 “We understand it will be a disappointment for the people of Westbury and the many volunteers who have served there over the years, raising lots of funds for the charity.

“We’d like to thank everyone who has supported the shop since it opened and we hope they will continue to come out to support it between now and the closing date in June.”

Wiltshire Air Ambulance has no plans to open further shops and it will be business as usual at its Devizes shop, in Maryport Street.

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