PEP&CO’s Hull store opened last summer at the Prospect Centre – and the value fashion retailer pledged that every penny raised from compulsory carrier bag levies would be used to support local communities. The store organised a small community PEP Group to suggest where the funds could be best used, with Abbie’s Fund being the chosen local good cause.
Abbie’s Fund was set up in memory of Abbie, a local infant girl who tragically passed away after being born prematurely, to raise money to provide memory boxes for the Maternity Unit at Hull Royal Infirmary’s Women and Children’s Hospital, to give to parents who have also lost babies.
The store is thrilled to announce that customers have raised £785 through carrier bag purchases.
Store manager, Lucy Waudby, says: “With the carrier bag levies we’ve still been able to charge a little to our customers, but give a lot back to our local community. We’d like to thank our customers for their generosity in helping towards a really worthy cause.”
PEP&CO recently shared its story in a new six-part network prime-time ITV1 series, Bargain Shop Wars, with the final episode airing on ITV1 on Thursday 23 June. During the first transmissions of Bargain Shop Wars, up to 35 requests per second were being made online to its online store locator. In April, PEP&CO opened up a web page at www.pepandco.com/bringmepep to ask customers where it should open next, and has received 30,000 entries so far.