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Final days .. Peter and Barbara Keeling outside Generosity charity shop, which will close on Wednesday after seven years. PHOTO: DANIEL BIRCHFIELD

After seven years and thousands of dollars raised, Oamaru charity shop Generosity will close its doors on Wednesday.

Since Generosity opened in 2010, more than $100,000 in proceeds, distributed by CCS Disability Action, have been donated to support children with autism and their families.

Generosity owner Barbara Keeling made the tough decision to shut up shop after rent on her Ribble St premises was increased. Other factors were also at play.

“We haven’t picked up after winter. There’s been quite a big drop in the number of people coming in.

“When people do the rounds of the second-hand shops, because there’s so many in town now, my shop is down a side street so people forget us .. It’s just not viable for us to carry on any more.”

Raising money for a good cause was what she would miss most about her job, Mrs Keeling said.

“I’ll miss just hearing about the kids and hearing how they responded to the thousands we made available to them.

“I really enjoyed being the owner of my own charity, too. That was really good fun.”

She thanked husband Peter, the team of volunteers and the public for its support over the years.

All stock not sold at Generosity’s closing down sale will be donated to St John Oamaru.