Making Memories… Giving Hope

From the magazine: Hitting the high street


The following is an article from the latest issue of the CHICKS Magazine.

The UK's most vulnerable and deprived children are able to leave their worries and pressures behind because of the committed support of incredible people across the country – the people who climb mountains, hold bake-offs, cajole colleagues into Christmas jumper days and now, for the first time ever, treat themselves to a little something in the CHICKS shops.

"If you want to treat yourself, but only have a couple of pounds to spare, charity shops are the perfect place," says the manager of the CHICKS Newton Abbot shop, Carol Corness-Martin. "You can find a little something to cheer yourself up and also help a local cause."

With three shops on the go, vital funds are being raised to give children the opportunity to laugh, be silly and feel loved. The shops are all about community – conversations begin with people who might never have heard of CHICKS, encouraging new support and awareness of how the charity supports children across the country.

Volunteers are a lifeline for the shops to thrive, and there are plenty of opportunities to get involved. "Everyone's willing to help, we create a little family and that's so nice," says Carol.

Each of the shops sells a range of pre-loved goods, including clothes, shoes, accessories, bric-a-brac, books, DVDs and children's clothes and toys. "A lot of our customers are women and we are noticing a much larger number of younger people shopping in charity shops, as buying second-hand is becoming more trendy and they're looking to spend £4 on a pair of jeans, rather than £40."

Victoria Aspinall, Director of Enterprise at CHICKS, is set to open more shops across the country in the future. "We are providing local communities with a sustainable and ethical option when they wish to dispose of unwanted clothes, books and other household items," she explains, "as well as offering good quality pre-loved items for sale at affordable prices and volunteering opportunities."

"In the future, we would like to expand the number of shops across the UK to maximise income, grow brand awareness and broaden the horizons of hundreds more children."

If you'd like to donate items to any of our charity shops, or register to become a shop volunteer, we'd love to hear from you. Just call 01822 811 020 and speak to a member of the fundraising team.

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