Last week The Salvation Army opened the latest in its family of charity shops in the seaside Essex town of Canvey Island. Local shoppers warmly welcomed the new arrival as the shop celebrated its grand opening at 45 Furtherwick Road on Thursday 31 March.

There to cut the ribbon was Shirley Buck and Major Sue Myhill from the local Canvey Island Salvation Army. Also in attendance was Councillor Andrew Sheldon, the Mayor of Castlepoint, as well as Canvey Island’s Independent Party Councillor, Peter Greig.

Area manager, Salvador Fernandez said: “I’d like to thank the local community for supporting the shop opening last week. It was so heartening to see members of the council and the local Salvation Army come along and welcome us in with such open arms. Everyone has been so forthcoming with donations and kind words.

“In particular though, I’d like to congratulate the team of volunteers for making the opening such a success. The shop looks fantastic and I’m sure that it’ll easily make a place for itself as a favourite among Canvey Island’s retail community.”

Thanks to local interest, the new Salvation Army shop already has a strong team of volunteers. Salvador commented: “There’s clearly a strong community spirit in Canvey Island.” A number of the volunteers also attend the local Salvation Army, which means that the hours they give will in turn raise money for the Canvey Island Salvation Army centre.

Salvador continued: “We rely on the generosity of public donations so would be very grateful if locals could keep us in mind when they’re having a clear out! We’re always on the lookout for good quality clothes, shoes, accessories, books, DVDs and trinkets for example.”

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