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Our second UK charity shop is now open in Exeter

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We are excited to announce that we have now opened our SECOND UK charity shop complete with a café selling hot and cold drinks in Exeter.

The shop, which is located in Fore Street, Heavitree, follows the opening of our first shop in Union Street, Torquay, in November 2018.

The opening is part of an effort to diversify our income streams and provide more support for children living in desperately difficult circumstances across the UK.

Our Chief Executive Andrew Dean explained: “Since 1992, we have provided more than 16,000 children who are living in poverty, acting as young carers or suffering the effects of bullying, abuse or bereavement with the chance to escape their worries and pressures on a week-long respite break.

“The young people who attend our breaks are given the chance to have adventures, try new things, make new friends and find their confidence.

“For some it’s the chance to heal following the loss of a loved one, or be proud of themselves for kayaking down a river, for others it’s to taste their first marshmallow toasted on an open fire or simply read a bedtime story.”

We rely solely on donations to fund our vital work, and need to raise £1.8 million every year.

Andrew added: “We are hugely grateful to all the amazing people who make such a huge difference to children’s lives by supporting CHICKS.

“We are excited to be opening our second charity shop as part of our ongoing commitment to generating increased income and enabling more children to benefit from a break with CHICKS.”

Our new Heavitree shop is stocked with a unique collection of pre-loved men’s, women’s and children’s fashion items as well as books, DVDs, homeware and bric-a-brac.

We are also delighted to be able to offer a selection of hot and cold refreshments that can be enjoyed in the shop’s new café or taken away.

CHICKS Director of Commerce, Victoria Aspinall, said: “We hope our shop and café will provide the Heavitree community with a new destination to relax with a coffee and browse a unique collection of pre-loved, affordable items.

“Every pound generated by the sale of items will make a huge difference to the lives of children living in desperately difficult circumstances across the UK.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to all those who’ve visited the shop so far and all those who pay us a visit in future for their hugely valued support.”

The new shop is open Monday – Saturday 9am to 4.30pm and Sunday’s 10am to 4pm.

We urgently require on-going donations of fashion, accessories, bric-a-brac, homeware, books and DVDs and have a number of volunteering opportunities available for those interested in joining our new Retail Team.

To make a donation or find out more about the volunteering opportunities available, call 01392 494433 or email heavitree@chicks.org.uk

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