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CHICKS Opens First UK Charity Shop in Torquay

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We're so excited to share with you the news that today we opened our first ever charity shop in Union Street, Torquay.

The first shop in our 26 year history was officially opened yesterday, in time for the beginning of the festive shopping season.

The funds generated by the shop will contribute to the £1.7m we need to maintain our services for children and young people every year.

Victoria Aspinall, CHICKS Director of Enterprise, explained: “CHICKS provides desperately needed respite breaks to children living in poverty, acting as young carers or suffering the impacts of bereavement, bullying or abuse, including many from Torbay and South Devon.

“100% of the charity’s funding comes from donations from generous supporters, so I am delighted to announce the arrival of our first charity shop in Torquay.

“We hope the new shop will help to raise awareness of our life-changing services, and also help to grow our income in the years to come.”

CHICKS new shop is located at 95 Union Street and open seven days a week selling a range of fashion, shoes, accessories, bric-a-brac, books and DVDs.

Victoria added: "The money raised by the sale of our donated items will give hundreds of children a break from full-time caring responsibilities or the chance to heal following the loss of a loved one.

“For others, it will provide an escape from the effects of bullying or the chance to have their first ever holiday; see the sea for the first time, ride their first wave or have their first taste of a marshmallow toasted on an open fire!

“We hope Torbay residents will soon pay our first shop a visit to have a look at the amazing collection of pre-loved items we have on sale, including lots of unique gift ideas for Christmas 2019, and find out more about the services we provide across the UK.”

We urgently require on-going donations of fashion, accessories, bric-a-brac, homeware, books and DVDs.

We also have a number of volunteering opportunities available for those interested in joining the Retail Team at the beginning of this exciting new venture.

To make a donation or find out more about the volunteering opportunities currently available, please call 01822 811020 or email emmaw@chicks.org.uk.

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