Salvation Army opens new Beckenham shop
PUBLISHED: 10:27 20 May 2015 | UPDATED: 10:27 20 May 2015
New store will help to fund social welfare work
Shoppers were queuing outside the door at the new Salvation Army Trading Company Ltd (SATCoL) charity shop in Beckenham High Street when it opened its doors to the public for the first time.
Last week’s opening ceremony was performed by Major Gareth Heward with the lucky first customer being presented with a box of chocolates.
SATCoL’s area manager Salvador Fernandez was delighted by the positive response during the opening ceremony: “The reaction from the local community has been outstanding - there was a queue of about 20 people outside despite the miserable weather!
“We’ve received so many compliments about the shop and its stock, and we’d like to thank the fantastic people of Beckenham for coming along to show their support.
“We are currently looking for volunteers at the Beckenham shop and we’d like to encourage anybody interested to pop in and talk to our friendly staff. There are lots of tasks to get involved with, including steaming and hanging clothes, ticketing and coding and we provide training on all aspects of the work. We really do rely on the generosity of our volunteers, so if you think you can spare any time at all, even if just for a few hours, please do get in touch.
He added: “We are also always grateful to accept donations from the public, whether it’s clothes, shoes, accessories or homewares. We only ask that items are clean and in good condition.”
Profit from the sale of donated clothing contributes to the social welfare work of The Salvation Army, including homelessness and addiction services, care for older people, help at emergency incidents, support for adult victims of human trafficking in England and Wales and a family tracing service. Over the last five years alone SATCoL has donated over £39.5 million to The Salvation Army.”