A young couple from Walsall have made it to the top of the shop after setting up their own community buy and sell group on social media and raising more than £30,000 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity. 

Timmy Stott and his partner Ammie Clifft have been seeking out unwanted second-hand goods and listing them to sell on their online community group, then donating all of their profits to the hospital charity. 

The couple were looking for an inventive way to raise money for the charity, so took to Facebook where they set up a group to hold a virtual table-top sale, salvaging anything from second-hand toys to furniture and electrical goods, selling them to local families at low prices and preventing waste. 

Timmy and Ammie’s inspiring fundraising comes from the desire to give back to their community, and by doing so they have inspired their community to help! After starting this venture back in 2020, the couple have raised a mammoth £30,000 over the last three years and saved countless pieces of furniture and goods from being sent to landfill leaving an impact both on the charity and the planet. 

The operation has grown over the years, as more and more people purchase the bargain items they might not have been able to afford from new, while others support by offering donations of unwanted goods for them to sell. They now even have volunteers helping run the operation and a driver to help deliver the goods. 

The couple’s efforts have also been recognised by the charity, which has named them as one of its ‘Hundred Heroes’ - an award presented to the charity’s top 100 fundraisers each year.  

Ammie said: “When we first started, we never imagined how successful it would grow to be. It’s not an easy task to undertake, but the help of our volunteers makes it easier and knowing we’re giving back to the community and hospital inspires us to keep going.” 

Miranda Williams, Head of Public Fundraising at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, said: “Now that’s what you call community spirit! Not only have Timmy and Ammie raised an incredible amount for us, but in doing so they’re providing much appreciated support to those around them. 

“We’re extremely grateful for their ingenuity! The funds they’ve raised will go towards helping us do more for the 90,000 sick kids we treat at our hospital every year.”