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Barking charity shop manager appealing for support

PUBLISHED: 15:06 21 March 2017

Manager Carl Farrell

Manager Carl Farrell

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A charity shop which opened four months ago is appealing for more customers to visit and support their cause.

Volunteers Anna De Silva, Elaine Edwards, George Gracie and manager Carl FarrellVolunteers Anna De Silva, Elaine Edwards, George Gracie and manager Carl Farrell

Richard House Children’s Hospice in Barking’s Vicarage Field shopping centre was initially very busy when it opened its doors in December but trade has since seen a downturn.

Shop manager, Carl Farrell, said: “Trade up to Christmas was fantastic but since then it’s been tougher.

“It can take a while to build up trade in a new location.

“We’re a local charity, we’re very much committed to making this shop work and we know we can with the support of the local community.”

The shop sells pre-loved clothes and accessories, which helps the Beckton-based charity provide support to children with life-limiting or life threatening conditions and their families. Murad Shaikh, one of the young adults who is in the hospice’s care, officially opened the shop which is the seventh run by the charity.

Carl said: “Many of the families Richard House supports live in the borough and we have a furniture shop on Faircross Parade, which gets great support so we felt a traditional charity shop format in the heart of the town would work well for us as a local charity.

“Our hopes for the future are that the shop will be a busy thriving community business where local people can volunteer to gain work experience and meet new friends.

“Our primary objectives have to be raise awareness of Richard House and to generate sustainable income to help us continue to provide the services the families we support need.”

The shop aims to display new stock every day at competitive prices.

You can help by donating clothes, books and other items - visit richardhouse.org.uk for more information.


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