Cancer battler Shelley Dwyer (second from left), with North Ipswich Newsagent owner Narda Collins, Bernie Miller and Judy Jenkyns, receives a donation of $875 collected from customers.
Cancer battler Shelley Dwyer (second from left), with North Ipswich Newsagent owner Narda Collins, Bernie Miller and Judy Jenkyns, receives a donation of $875 collected from customers. Rob Williams

Customers give back

THE regulars who drop into the North Ipswich Newsagent have left without their change in recent months, but no one seems to mind.

A tin that sits on the newsagent's counter collects spare change and donations for a friendly face who has waited on customers behind the cash register for 17 years.

The donations were collected for Shelley Dwyer, a beloved member of the newsagent's staff, who was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago at the age of 32 and now has secondary cancer.

Shelley started working at the newsagent as a 17-year-old and has become close to many of the customers she has met over the years.

They raised $875 for Shelley, who was overwhelmed by the generosity of customers and her co-workers when they surprised her with a cheque on Wednesday.

Shelley was lost for words.

"I want to thank them so much for their support. It's just amazing that people are so generous," she said.

"It's the first job I ever had. It's overwhelming that they care so much."

Fellow employee Jody Jenkyns said the customers loved chatting to Shelley.

"We are good friends and all the customers love her.

"She's a lovely girl, very nice," Jody said.

Owner Narda Collins first put the tin out four months ago to collect for the Rotary Club's drive to eradicate polio.

So far customers have parted with more than $1500 of their spare change.



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