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Pop-Up Shop

of Stories

Do you own something special to donate that has a story to tell?

Every year, we receive thousands of donated pre-loved items to our charity shops across South East London. The continued generosity of our supporters through donated items, helps support us in providing care for those that need us most.

We’re creating an exhibition to share unique pre-loved items that are going to be donated to St Christopher’s with special, interesting and meaningful stories behind them.

These treasures will be displayed for the opening of our brand-new St Christopher’s Centre for Awareness and Response to End of Life (CARE).

Along with the wonderful history behind each object, a new owner can have the opportunity not only to buy the item, but begin a new chapter in the donated object’s story.

Perhaps even donate the item back to us, in a few years’ time, allowing the story to continue, creating a lifetime of memories to be passed on.

Tell us about your donation

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Marcel’s Globe

This globe belonged to Marcel, aged six, who is a budding geographer. He has spent countless hours studying this globe, learning the location and names of every single country! The magnifying glass at the foot of the globe can be used to get a closer look at the countries.

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Maaike’s Vases

This collection of porcelain vases has long sat in my living room, on the right-hand side of my TV. I have enjoyed filling them with freshly cut flowers from my garden. I bought it ten years ago and was drawn to the colours and unique shapes of the individual vases. I would like them to have a new life with someone else!

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Jennifer’s Cooking Pots

This is a collection of items from the city of Plodiv, Bulgaria. My parents Jennifer and Manfred spent seven years living in this city and collected these items throughout this time. You will find a picture frame depicting the city, as well as a clay pot. Traditionally the colour of the pot depicts the region of Bulgaria that the pots are manufactured.

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Sergio’s Dish

This is a traditional Portuguese Chorizo roasting dish, made of clay, traditionally used in my home country of Portugal for flame grilling chorizo (in Portuguese: “Chouriço”). We place the chorizo on top of the clay burner and then it is cooked by flames from the alcohol we pour below! This reminds me of home and of my family back in Portugal, and I have brought it with me to my new home in the UK. I wish you many delicious meals with family and friends, and hope that you enjoy using it as much as I have.

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Spark’s Toy

This Wooden Woodpecker has accompanied me in every home I’ve lived in, from Belgium where I bought it at aged fifteen, to my home in the UK. I bought this item at an independent wooden toy shop and was attracted to the comforting ticking sound it makes when the woodpecker moves up and down the stand.

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Jennifer’s Wooden Plate

This is a collection of items from the city of Plodiv, Bulgaria. My parents Jennifer and Manfred spent seven years living in this city and collected these items throughout this time. You will find a picture frame depicting the city, as well as a clay pot. Traditionally the colour of the pot depicts the region of Bulgaria that the pots are manufactured.

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Jonathan’s Ship

This miniature boat is a souvenir from a romantic holiday to Santorini that I took with my wife. We stayed in an apartment in the hills that overlooked the island from an infinity pool. I bought this boat in a local souvenir shop as a reminder of the romantic holiday I will never forget.

David’s Baoding Balls

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In 1992 my wife got offered a director role with a large telecommunications company in Singapore. We lived there for four years and absorbed the Asian culture in that time. It was quite usual for people in Singapore to own baoding balls, known as health balls. Of course we had to buy some while we were there.

Like these however, they were often so beautiful they ended up sitting on a shelf as an ornament, which is indeed what happened with this pair. In our house in Kent we have many reminders around of our time in Asia. These balls have a beautiful design of a panda on each one and make a wonderful chiming noise when picked up.

My wife, after a dazzling career, now sadly has advanced dementia and we will be downsizing in the next year. It is time to let go of many things and we do have another set of baoding balls, so I would love to offer this set to raise money for St Christopher’s.

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Andrea’s Hairpin

The bridal hair clip was worn for the evening event of my wedding day. The pearls echoed jewellery loaned to me from my mother (my ‘something borrowed’) and the pattern of my dress, of course! It is one of the few keepsakes that I kept from this very special day.

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Leila’s Record

I was a huge Prince fan in my formative years and ‘When Doves Cry’ was the first Vinyl record I ever bought. I memorised the words and mimed along to the song on many occasion and I still do whenever the track is played. Naturally, I bought the follow up album ‘Purple Rain’ and loved the film of the same name.

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Manfred’s Picture

This is a collection of items from the city of Plodiv, Bulgaria. My parents Jennifer and Manfred spent seven years living in this city and collected these items throughout this time. You will find a picture frame depicting the city, as well as a clay pot. Traditionally the colour of the pot depicts the region of Bulgaria that the pots are manufactured.

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Red’s BigTrak

BigTrak was one of my favourite and most treasured toys. It was very hi-tech and modern in the late 1970’s! The control panel with the numbers and symbols could be used to direct Big Trak from one place to another. Lights fired out of the blue panel at the front of it. Sadly, I didn’t get the trailer that accompanied it (I’m sure I moaned at my parents endlessly for it), as this would have enabled me to transport objects from in place to another. What fun that would have been!

Tell us about your donation

If you have a special item to donate to our Pop-Up Shop of Stories, we would like to hear about where your item has come from, if it’s had any previous owners, what the object means to you and why you are donating it to St Christopher’s. 

Please sign-up here and a member of our team will get in touch to hear more.

  • By completing this form you give us permission to contact you about Pop-Up Shop of Stories. If you are already on our fundraising database we will continue to contact you in the usual way about other news and fundraising activities. If you are new to St Christopher’s and would like to hear from us about other news and fundraising activities, please also complete our Keeping in touch form.
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For more information about Pop-Up Shop of Stories
please email Emma Woodhouse e.woodhouse@stchristophers.org.uk