Window dressing winners

Cat Protection shop volunteers Jo Dixon, Karen Weaver and Chloe Vernon
Cat Protection shop volunteers Jo Dixon, Karen Weaver and Chloe Vernon

Dedicated staff and volunteers at Eastbourne’s Cat Protection shop in Seaside Road are the proud winners of a window dressing competition.

The competition, which was organised by the Eastbourne Herald and the town’s chamber of commerce, was won by the charity shop back in the summer for their beach scene window, which reflected the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics.

Roz Murray, deputy manager of the charity shop, said, “I have always had a real interest in window dressing. It is something I really enjoy – so when the Chamber of Commerce came round and told us about the competition I thought it would be good fun.”

Roz and two longstanding volunteers, Karin Weaver and Chloe Vernon, gave up more than six hours of their time on a sunny Sunday while the shop was closed to complete the window display.

Roz said, “One of our biggest challenges was making a sand castle which would stay up for three weeks.

“We used PVA glue and hairspray and we are glad we did because when the children saw the window display they wanted to climb in and make sandcastles too.”
Shop manager Liz Cunningham and all the volunteers at the shop were delighted to win the competition and Roz said it has been excellent publicity for the charity.

She said, “We are a very successful shop here and we have lots of regular customers but I think winning the window competition created extra publicity for us, which has been great.”

The Cats Protection charity shop has been in Eastbourne for more than 20 years. It started in Susans Road before moving to its current premises in Seaside Road.