Over 100 people attended to celebrate a charity shop’s first anniversary since opening.

St Elizabeth’s Centre on Leverton Way, Waltham Abbey, held a tombola and raffle draw in honour of the occasion, raising over £400 on Saturday, April 13.

A regularly customer to the charity also provided a live music DJ set where residents were seen dancing in and around the shop

Mick Fitch, who officially opened the store as mayor Waltham Abbey Town Council in 2018, attended the event alongside current mayor, Jeane Lea.

Mary Corcocan, manager of St Elizabeth’s Centre, said: “It was a really lovely day, so many of the local shops along Sun Street provided help in the lead up to the day.

“Lots of homemade cakes were brought for the occasion and Lea Valley Church loaned tables to us for us to display everything right across the market square.”

St Elizabeth's Centre is the only national charity supporting children and adults of all ages with epilepsy and other complex medical conditions.

Run by 16 volunteers, the Waltham Abbey-based charity welcomes all donations including toys, books, clothes and appliances to be sold and raise money.

Ms Corcocan also revealed upcoming fundraising events planned, including a vintage clothing and cake sale and coffee morning with funeral directors Daniel Robinson & Sons.

Tony Gorman, a member of photography group U3A, wrote a special poem about the charity which was donated to the store.

“The poem Tony wrote will be framed and put in our shop for all to read,” said Ms Corocan.

“I would like to give my thanks to all our wonderful volunteers for all their help.”