On the 23rd of January 2016 we opened our Army Surplus Store. The official opening was performed by the then Mayor of Thurrock Sue Gray a friend of the charity.
This was a very emotional time for us as the shop is immediately opposite the village war memorial where Nicky has his very special corner. The shop is known affectionately as Nicky's Place. We stock an amazing range of army surplus clothing and equipment, together with various items that will suit fishing and camping, metal detecting and bush craft folk alike. As a charity the shop forms a non profit making trading arm, and all monies raised are donated to the charity. The shop staff are all voluntary and work hard to promote the charity.
Monies raised by us are split between Military needs and community needs concentrating on children with needs, whether that be physical or emotional.
We donate monthly to various military organisations and charities as can be seen on our causes page of the website www.lancecorporalnickymasonmemorialfund.co.uk At the moment the charity is mainly known locally but we intend to take this to a national and even internationally recognised charity. To this end we have some very exciting plans ahead. As we are here to help both military and local communiy projects we try to get as involved as possible with local events and are always here to help young cadets with their uniform and equipment needs.
Please come along to the shop, you dont have to buy anything you are more than welcome to come in for a cuppa and a chat. For us its about awareness rather than money. Yes we are here to generate income for our charitable commitments, but we are also here as a friendly face to the community