A CHARITY has opened its third branch in South Shields.
The Children’s Society has moved into a vacant unit in Sea Winnings Way, Westoe Crown Village, next to Tesco Express, café and gift shop Mac ‘n’ Allis, and hairdressers Salon 5.
The existing stores are in Dean Road and Prince Edward Road.
The Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Ernest Gibson, officially opened the shop yesterday.
Bosses are now appealing for stock and volunteers.
Carole Collins, who manages the shop in Dean Road, said: “It’s a lovely new shop that’s opening here for The Children’s Society, and we are very excited.
“With the Dean Road and The Nook shops, there is now a lovely little cluster in South Shields, and there is a lovely little community here in Westoe Crown Village. We have got new goods, second-hand goods, ladies’, men’s and children’s clothing, bric-a-brac, books, jewellery, shoes and handbags.
“We’re still looking for donations and we would love to hear from anyone who would like to volunteer.
“It is a good way to gain confidence, learn about retail and you can do qualifications when you volunteer.”
For more information, contact manager Mandy Kaigg on 454 3716.
The Children’s Society is the leading kids’ charity in the UK and works with disadvantaged children, fighting childhood poverty, harm and neglect.
Five units in Westoe Crown Village centre remain to let, although one is under offer.
Rents have been reduced in a bid to attract businesses to the area.