New Leighton charity shop holds open day today


A Leighton Buzzard charity shop opens its doors to the public next week and although it is on track to welcome the first eager bargain hunters, the shop is still in need of more volunteers to help run it.

Salvation Army Trading Company is set to open a shop at Unit 8 Waterborne Walk on Tuesday, January 21 at 10.30am.

The shop, which previously housed Clintons, will sell donated goods including clothes, accessories, bric-a-brac and household goods, with all profits gift-aided to The Salvation Army to help fund its valuable work throughout the UK.

Although preparations are underway in terms of fitting out the shop there is always

room for more helpers and the team is holding a volunteering open day today (Tuesday). between 11am and 3pm, so that those interested in becoming a volunteer can come and learn more about what’s involved.

“We rely heavily on the generosity of our volunteers, who are key members of the team in all our shops,” said shop manager Tracy Beaumont. “There are lots of different jobs that need doing from sorting through the donated stock to window dressing and helping customers with their purchases. We are also looking for volunteer drivers with their own transport to help pick up donations from people’s homes in the area.

“You don’t need any experience, although if you do have some retail knowledge we can definitely put it to good use.

“We are also always grateful to accept donations from the public, whether it’s clothes, shoes, accessories, bric-a-brac or homewares,” added Tracy. “In fact, we know that items of small, portable furniture like nests of tables, stools and chairs are in demand at the moment so they would also be gratefully received. The only things we ask are that the items are clean and in good condition, and that no electrical items are included as we cannot safety test them.”

For more information on becoming a volunteer simply pop into the shop between 11am and 3pm on today (January 14) or call 01525 375669.