Customers are promised “unique treasures and special finds” when a new charity shop opens in Frinton. East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) is opening its Connaught Avenue store at 10am on Thursday.
Selling clothing, accessories, books, toys and household items, the shop is EACH’s 47th outlet across the region and occupies the former Barclays Bank building.
Shop Manager Lorraine Ingold is excited to get started and says there is already plenty of anticipation and intrigue.
She said: “We’re thrilled to be opening and believe our shop isn’t any ordinary store. It’s a place where the community can come together to support a cause that touches the lives of countless children and families.
“Customers will be able to find unique treasures and quality goods – a diverse range of high-quality, pre-loved items.
“Our stock is carefully chosen, ensuring every purchase is a special find, and donations from generous individuals and businesses mean we can continuously replenish it, creating a vibrant, ever-changing and enjoyable shopping experience.
“I think people are going to welcome our presence in Frinton. I know a lot of people are excited and there’s a fair bit of anticipation.
“Being a former bank, it’s a bit of a chocolate box in that people are intrigued by what’s inside. Our shop is going to be new, bright and colourful.”
Lorraine has a wealth of retail experience and will be supported by Sales Assistant Carol Turner. Between them, the pair are determined to make the venture a resounding success.
“Lorraine and myself are committed to making a positive difference,” she said.
“And beyond its role as a retail space, our shop is a hub of community engagement. It’ll be a gathering place for like-minded individuals who believe in the power of compassion and giving.
“I’d encourage all customers and residents to get involved by volunteering their time, making donations, or simply spreading the word about EACH’s work.
“There’s lot of community spirit here and it’s a charity that touches everyone’s hearts. Hopefully we can create a brighter future for children, young people and families facing unimaginable challenges.
“Every single sale really does make a difference.”
New volunteers are welcome to join the team. Pop in and meet Lorraine or Carol, call 01255 440848 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Meanwhile, EACH’s latest Be the Difference – a fortnight-long campaign to recruit more volunteers for its shops – runs until Sunday (21st May).