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Charity shop appeals for donations and helpers

HELP US ... Childrens Society shop manager Carole Collins, right, and volunteer Wendy Franklin appeal for stock.

HELP US ... Childrens Society shop manager Carole Collins, right, and volunteer Wendy Franklin appeal for stock.

A CHARITY shop boss is appealing for kind-hearted South Tynesiders to give donations and their time.

Carole Collins, new branch manager of The Children’s Society shop in Dean Road, South Shields, wants folk to realise her shop is up and running.

The store raises cash to support the national charity, which helps about 45,000 youngsters annually.

But it has gone through a number of changes in recent months, and customers may not be aware it’s trading again.

Miss Collins, who took on her new role a fortnight ago, is desperate for people to bring in unwanted goods and needs volunteers.

She said: “There’s been lots of work carried out, so the shop’s been shut a bit in the past few months. We are in need of stock and I think our usual donors may be a bit unsure if we’re open or not.

“But we are now open six days a week, and have extended our opening hours from nine to five.

“We will gladly receive any donations, especially of men and women’s clothing.”

People who want to volunteer can work two shifts, from either 9am to 1pm or 1pm to 5pm.

Miss Collins believes it’s a good way for unemployed people to gain retail experience for their CVs.

She said: “There will be a wide range of shifts to meet people’s needs. They will be able to gain valuable retail experience, which I think will be an advantage on any CV these days with so many people struggling to find employment.”

Anyone wanting more information, should contact Miss Collins on 455 2787

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