Boot sale owner uses business to give back to charities

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Car boot enthusiast Shaun Hogg has made a business out of the popular weekend activity. But now he has branched out and brought a new boot sale to Ripley – all to raise cash for charities close to his heart.

Shaun, of Ripley, was the brainchild behind the famous Tansley Car Boot Sale, which first started in 1990 and draws in crowds from all across the county and further afield.

And after such success, he decided to take on a new challenge.

Four years ago he set up a charity car boot sale around Crich, but due to low visitor numbers, he decided to take it to his home town.

The car boot sale, which started in Ripley in April, is located just off B6013 Ripley to Pentrich Road.

Held every Friday, it offers the chance for both regular car-boooters and charities to attract donations and raise awareness. Charity stalls are provided for free, meaning no fees and more being donated. Charity car-booters can also rattle buckets and host tombolas and raffles, anything to help raise money. Pitch money is also donated to a range of charities that are close to Shaun’s heart.

Shaun, 48, said: “My mum passed away in 1987 and then my brother Phil in 2008, both from cancer.

“For many, many years I have supported Cancer Research UK, raising cash to aid research and help support people that have been through what our family has.

“It is extremely important for me to try and help others and give back however Cancer Research UK is not the only charity in need of a hand.

“We also back several other local charities including the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance Service and Amber Valley First Responders.

“I am passionate about supporting others and charities such as these which help save lives should receive some kind of financial support from the government. It is quite shocking that they don’t, given how valuable they are to so many.”

And running the weekly sale is not only Shaun, but also partner Emily and 22-year-old daughter Jordan.

He said: “It has a real family-run feel, we all pitch in and pull our weight to try and make it as seamless and easy for everyone as possible.”

Although the sale is new to Ripley, Shaun is happy with how it is going so far.

“Tansley is a strong business, but I really wanted to branch out and help others.

“Ripley has been going well so far, but is still in the early stages, and we want to raise awareness of what we’re doing to attract more volunteers, more visitors and more charities that would like to be involved.

“If we can help, we will. After a previous collection point project with Cancer Research UK and TK Maxx, we are now looking at organising a similar scheme for the air ambulance – using leftover stock.”

Shaun, who has raised thousands for charity over the years, is keen to stress that despite the charity focus, everyone is welcome to take part or attend.

“The sale is always open to non-charity car booters who can pay for a pitch. It is a nice atmosphere, raises community spirit and is all for a good cause.

“It is great to be able to try and give something back to the community. I appreciate car boots are not everyone’s cup of tea and often people make a judgement about it, but I would advise popping down and trying it, as either a visitor or stallholder before you write it off.”

The car boot runs every Friday from 7am to 3pm. If you want to get involved or to find out more call Shaun on 07828602538 or search Ripley Friday Car Boot Sale on Facebook.