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Teal Park charity shop marks one year in business

The shop offers pre-loved items of unwanted clothing, bric-a-brac, soft furnishings, jewellery, books, toys, furniture and electrical items.

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A local charity shop has marked its first anniversary of operation with a celebration event to thank customers and members of the local community.

Lighthouse Charity Shop on Teal Park, off Colwick Loop Road celebrated its first anniversary on the June 27, with staff and an enthusiastic team of volunteers welcoming customers, supporters, members of the local community. 

The shop offers pre-loved items of unwanted clothing, bric-a-brac, soft furnishings, jewellery, books, toys, furniture and electrical items.

The charity shop is owned by Valley CiDS which supports children, young people and families across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. 

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The shop’s manager Jess Paine is pictured outside the store on its first year anniversary

Valley CiDS works in schools and provide a range of activities, along with out-of-school clubs, youth & community work in local communities and alternative education provision, for young people who have disengaged with learning or are struggling to access mainstream education. 

The shop’s manager Jess Paine said she was ‘thrilled’ by the amount of support the shop has received from the local community.

She said: “It is heart-warming to hear from so many how much our shop is valued, and we would like to thank the local community for their support over the past year, by shopping, giving donations and providing beautiful comments both in store and online.

“We are all so happy to be here and be part of this great community.”

In the local area, the Valley CiDS Children’s & Families team has been working with the nearby Rivendell Flying High Academy, providing help with assemblies and visiting on World Book Day, to give out books to the children as part of the Valley CiDS Great Book Giveaway initiative.

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Deputy Head at Rivendell Flying High Academy, Lauren Newson, said: “Rivendell Flying High Academy has loved working in partnership with Valley CiDS across a wide range of events and activities. We are already looking forward to strengthening this relationship further next year, and have some exciting things planned.

“The staff have been amazing at working with our children, and we have loved hosting them in our school.” 

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