Tucking in to a tasty donation thanks to Stevenage tuck shop success

Left: Sara from the Caring Hair Studio and PCSO Nikki Gray.

Left: Sara from the Caring Hair Studio and PCSO Nikki Gray. - Credit: Archant

A pastime set up to raise a few pounds for good causes at Stevenage police station has turned into a real money-spinner.

The tuck shop at the Lytton Way station was set up in April by PSCO Nikki Gray, who was on restricted duties while she was going through treatment for breast cancer.

Much to Nikki’s surprise it proved an instant hit with station staff, helping her raise more than £1,000.

She said: “When I started up the tuck shop I had no idea it would be so popular. I just wanted busy officers and staff to be able to get food at reasonable prices – not everyone has time to pop to the shops to get food or snacks.

“The idea was always to donate the profits to charity, but I had no idea how much we would be able to give.”

During her treatment Nikki, who has now resumed full duties, had a lot of help from the Stevenage-based Caring Hair Studio, which is run by charity Cancer Hair Care.

It works to help women who lose their hair through cancer treatment manage its impact both physically and emotionally.

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Nikki, a Stevenage Safer Neighbourhood Team officer, said: “They gave advice about hair loss for cancer sufferers, this includes scarves and hats.

“On Thursdays the studio teams up with Jo Gates Hair Salon. Jo gives up her team and salon for pamper mornings and hairdressing.

“There is always coffee and cake and it’s a great way to talk to other sufferers and learn what is going to happen. The ladies that go range from just diagnosed to those in remission.

“It was great to be able to hand over the cheque for £500 to the charity and give something back to the people who have helped me so much.”

Nikki has also donated £250 to PC Darren Clawson from the armed policing unit, who is raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital by embarking on a Pacific rowing challenge.

She plans on continuing the tuck shop and is looking for more charities to support. People can suggest causes in need of support by calling her on 101.