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RSPCA Lancashire East Branch

RSPCA Lancashire East Branch

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11th Oct 2013

The East Lancashire RSPCA are gearing up to launch their third charity shop in the region on Saturday 26th October. It is hoped that the new shop on Broadway in Accrington town centre will help reduce the annual funding short-fall for the animal charity based in Altham.

The shop will sell good quality clothes, toys, books, DVDs and housewares donated by the public. As this will be the third shop set up specifically to generate funds for East Lancashire RSPCA, it is hoped that the charity will soon become financially secure.

Branch manager Ken Harrison explained “Our shops in Burnley and Clitheroe have been making a significant contribution towards our annual running costs of £300,000. With the new shop here in Accrington, we are very hopeful that we can generate enough sales to help us to continue our work.”

The animal centre has been looking after sick, injured, mistreated and abandoned pets since the 1970’s, rehoming tens of thousands of cats, dogs, rabbits and ferrets over the years. But in recent times, funding the centre has proved more and more challenging as costs rise and competition between charities increases. Mr Harrison has personally overseen the launch of the other shops and is confident that the new addition in Accrington will be a huge success. “In our other shops, we are well respected for the high quality of goods and low prices. We will of course be following that tried and tested recipe for success.” Added Mr Harrison.

The shop will be open Monday to Saturday, And shop manager Hesta Sandom, and Assistant manager Sabrina Entwistle (pictured L-R) would be delighted to hear from any potential volunteers who would like to help with the day to day running of the charity shop. Hesta explained “there is a wide variety of volunteering jobs available, from sorting out stock to serving on the till. Please join us and help us to raise the money for the animals. There are lots of other benefits as well, such as meeting new people, making new friends, learning new skills and keeping your CV alive if you’re struggling to find paid work. Pop in and speak to myself or Sabrina to find out more.”

The shop is based at the top of Broadway, opposite the Sense charity shop. If you would like to donate items for the shop, please phone 01200 425176 to arrange a collection.

RSPCA Lancashire East Branch
Animal Centre, Nearer Holker House Farm, Off Enfield Road, Altham, Accrington BB5 5UU.
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