Making Memories… Giving Hope

Michael Caines opens CHICKS new shop in Newton Abbot


Exeter chef Michael Caines opened our new shop in Newton Abbot last Friday 2 August.

Michael Caines, MBE, one of Britain’s most popular and well-known chefs, opened the new shop, which is located in Newton Abbot's Queen Street.

The chef said he was thrilled to join CHICKS and celebrate the opening: “I believe in the work of CHICKS and the charity’s ability to make a lasting difference to so many hundreds of children’s lives every year.”

CHICKS provides free, week-long respite breaks for children across the UK living in desperately difficult circumstances.

The charity now has three shops in the UK as part of a drive to grow its income generation.

The first opened in Torquay in November 2018 and the second in Heavitree, Exeter, in March 2019.

CHICKS Director of Enterprise, Victoria Aspinall, explained: “100% of CHICKS’ funding comes from donations from generous supporters, so I am delighted to announce the arrival of our latest charity shop in Newton Abbot.

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

“We hope those living in and around Newton Abbot will soon pay our new shop a visit to have a look at the unique collection of pre-loved items we have on sale, and to find out more about the services we provide for hundreds of children across the UK.”

Following its first few days of trading, Shop Manager Carol Corness-Martin said: “We are thrilled with the first weekend of trading and would like to thank the amazing Newton Abbot community for their support so far.”

CHICKS Retail Team is looking for willing volunteers to help out in the shop and for donations of pre-loved goods including toys, bric-a-brac, books, DVDs, and men’s, women’s and children’s fashion.

Michael added: “I encourage those living in and around Newton Abbot to visit CHICKS’ new shop, learn about the respite breaks provided for children living in desperately difficult circumstances across the UK and discover how they can help.”

Find out more in-store by heading to 74 Queen Street or call 01822 811020.

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