Flooded charity shop is finally back in business

Little Hope Charity shop, South Elmsall. Picture of David Hoggart in the area of the shop that was several inches under water a few months ago.'h309a239
Little Hope Charity shop, South Elmsall. Picture of David Hoggart in the area of the shop that was several inches under water a few months ago.'h309a239
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A CHARITY shop is back in business after persistent floods forced it to close and lose almost £1,000.

The Little Hope shop on Barnsley Road, South Elmsall, raises money for schools in Kenya, but has had to close several times this year.

It was finally able to re-open on Friday after Wakefield Council finished work on a new drainage system.

Sharon Kerr-Hoggart and husband David Hoggart, have been running the store for the last five years.

They said they were delighted it has finally been sorted and they can now get back to raising funds.

She said: “Hopefully the problem has been solved but with all this rain we will just have to wait and see.

“It’s been terrible for our shop as we have had to close four or five times, and that means we have lost out on around £80 per day in sales. On top of that we have to take into account the amount of stock we have had damaged. It’s been terrible for us all.”

Surface water came up through the floor destroying carpets, a sofa and a chest of drawers.

Mrs Kerr-Hoggart issued a formal complaint to Wakefield Council last month after contacting them several times

Wakefield Council said they were aware of the drainage problems at the shop and sent someone to sort the problem. Mr Hoggart thanked Andrew Varley, the council’s drainage engineer for all of his help.

Ian Thomson, Service Director for Planning, Transportation and Highways, said: “We are pleased that the work we did outside Little Hope charity shop has prevented further surface water flooding from the road.”