Jo and Judith are encouraging shoppers to donate and visit their local stores in Bearwood.
Being big fans of Bearwood's charity shops, we guess you could call us regulars of the Acorns Children's Hospice and British Heart Foundation shops on Bearwood High Street.
We just love this story about identical twin sisters Jo and Judith especially as they are always really friendly and helpful
Identical twin sisters have been working as charity shop managers, on the same street in Bearwood, for over eight years.
The 50 year olds, Jo Cooper who works for Acorns Children’s Hospice and Judith Hughes who works for the British Heart Foundation, both enjoy running their charity stores and working so close to each other, but still have a sense of sibling rivalry.
Smethwick based Judith said: “I started off as a volunteer in Jo’s Acorns store, which inspired me to become a manager myself. I definitely enjoy working so close to Jo. But it certainly hots up the competition between us!
“We have some regulars who know us both. But there are other people who come into our stores and get confused, and think that the same person is running both stores!”
Acorns’ Jo, who lives in Oldbury, said: “Our shop has struggled a bit for the past three years, and recently we closed for two weeks for a refurbishment, so the competition is even fiercer now.
“We’ve just re-opened, so I am urging people to help Acorns. Our charity relies on donations and fundraising for most of its income, so we need people to bring in any un-wanted items, including children’s, men’s and ladies clothing, household items, books, CDs and DVDs.
“And by coming to shop in the store, people can really support the hospice. It can be a lot of fun too; you never know what you might find!”
Jo explained: “I’ve always worked in retail – I used to be the manager of a bakery. When I was young however, I always wanted to be an office clerk. But I’m pleased to be working for Acorns; it’s a really good cause, which looks after local life limited and life threatened children so well.
“I most enjoy meeting all the different people who come through our doors and working alongside our fantastic volunteers.”
She continued: “Even with the competition between our shops, it’s great to have my twin sister Judith working on the same road as me. She pops in every morning to say hello before work.”
You can find out more about Acorns, right here and more about the British Heart Foundation here. Get along to the charity shops on Bearwood High Street too.