A CHARITY which helps provide parents with clothes and toys has received a gold standard award.
The National Childbirth Trust’s Daventry and Villages branch is celebrating after its nearly new sales department was recognised for its work.
The accolade recognises the branch’s sales as among the best in the UK, both in terms of providing a valuable service for new and expectant parents and achieving fantastic fundraising success for the NCT charity.
The charity provides parents with the opportunity to buy top quality clothes and accessories for babies and toddlers in nearly new condition at knock down prices.
Parents can also make some cash by selling equipment and clothes they no longer need.
Last year more than 200,000 parents attended NCT nearly new sales across the country, with 50,000 parents selling over 1 million items.
To qualify for a gold standard award the Daventry branch had to reach at least 600 parents and involve at least 40 volunteers throughout the year.
It also had to demonstrate high standards of service to customers and sellers.
Branch fundraising manager Timothy Todhunter said: “We are grateful for the effort that all volunteers put into making nearly new sales such a success, and are delighted to present the gold standard to NCT Daventry and Villages Branch.
“The team has worked so hard to provide valuable service for local parents, giving them the opportunity to find some great bargains.
“NCT Nearly New Sales raise an incredible £1 million each year to fund the charity’s work across the UK.”
The next nearly new sale in Daventry is on Saturday, October 8 at William Parker School, Ashby Road from 1pm until 2.30pm.