Sense is a national charity that supports adults and children who are deafblind and Sense Trading deals with the retail side of the charity’s fundraising activities. This includes 90 shops across the country and eBay retailing, and has a turnover of £11million a year. They also have two shops in the Borough – one in Bexleyheath Broadway and another in Northumberland Heath.
Mr Evennett met with Adrian Barker, who is the Director of Sense Trading, to discuss their operations, the charity’s work with deafblind people and the charitable retail industry generally. He was then shown around the building and warehouse, meeting members of staff who deal with GiftAid, property and surveying, books and music, HR, retail development and the eBay stores.
Mr Evennett said “Retail now makes up a significant proportion of charities’ incomes and is an important source of revenue. I was pleased to go behind the scenes to learn more about Sense’s retail operation and meet those who work hard to support their shops.”
Mr Barker said “It was a pleasure to meet with David and discuss Sense’s retail activities and the wider charitable and commercial challenges that retailing continues to face. I think this kind of local contact and interest plays a vital role in all parts of society both national and local working together and creating mutual understanding. My thanks to David for his time and obvious interest, it gave staff a real boost.”
Pictured: Sense Trading Director Adrian Baker, National Retail Development Manager Emma Byrne, eBay Manager Kim Fitzpatrick and David Evennett MP.