Shoppers queued eagerly today to get into the new Sue Ryder shop on Chatham High Street.
Shoppers keen for a bargain were certainly in for a treat when Mark Reckless, MP for Rochester and Strood, officially declared the shop open at 9.30am so the budget-friendly retail therapy could begin. They bagged some fantastic finds at the High Street store, which is located in a prime position, opposite Debenhams.
An amazing £1,015 worth of sales were made on the opening day. Sue Ryder retail business manager Samantha Leahy said:
“Our fabulous new store offers an excellent shopping experience, whether you’re looking for handbags, books, music DVDs, a vintage dress or any number of other shopping delights. If you missed the opening why not drop in soon and see for yourself! Sue Ryder promises to be THE place to shop in Chatham, with proceeds going to help Sue Ryder provide specialist hospice and neurological care, including that at our 14 Hospices / Care Centre.”
MP Mark Reckless said:
“I’m so pleased to have had the opportunity to open this Sue Ryder shop. It will provide a great shopping experience for local people as well as employment and volunteering opportunities. It is great that it will also give people a chance to support the work Sue Ryder do providing specialist care and support to people with long-term and end of life conditions. Funds raised in these shops make an important contribution to Sue Ryder’s delivery of high quality care and the quality of goods on offer is simply excellent.”
Led by shop manager Nicola, the Sue Ryder staff and volunteer team were on hand to show shoppers around the store which stocks a selection of second hand clothes, accessories, music and books as well as a wide range of quality new goods, including art equipment, guitars and dolls’ houses.
Shop manager Nicola said:
“The grand opening was brilliant, with the shop overflowing with customers. And to take almost £1,015 in just eight hours is truly fantastic. There is something for everyone and every home and I am sure shoppers will continue to be delighted by the exceptional quality, value and wide range of goods we are selling.”
Money raised from the shop will help Sue Ryder to continue to provide local expert and compassionate care to people living with end of life and long-term conditions such as cancer, stroke, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, dementia, Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and motor neurone disease.
Samantha Leahy Area Manager Kent & East Sussex added:
“We are still recruiting volunteers to help with everything from sorting and preparing stock to merchandising and sales and are also appealing for people to donate good quality clothing, books and bric-a-brac. By supporting Sue Ryder in this way, local people can help us to make a real difference to the lives of the people we care for each year. Anyone wanting to join our volunteer team should contact me by email: Samantha.firstname.lastname@example.org phone on 07881-781574”