Worksop celebrated the opening of a brand new Salvation Army charity shop at 98 Bridge Street on Tuesday 22nd December as it welcomed its first bargain hunters and last-minute Christmas shoppers inside for the first time. After an intense six days of preparation, the shop’s team had gone the extra mile to ensure the new shop was ready before Christmas.
The opening ceremony was a huge success, with a crowd of shoppers queuing outside, eager to be among the first to grab a bargain. The Salvation Army’s Captain Ashley Dawson and wife Major Nasreen Dawson prayed a blessing and cut the ribbon to officially open the new shop, accompanied by Major Ray Mackereth.
Area Manager for Salvation Army Trading Company, Kathy Maxwell, was delighted to see the store so full on its first day of trading: “The shop was bustling with the local community on opening day which was fantastic. The Worksop team worked extremely hard to make sure everything was ready for customers, so we’re really pleased to hear the shop and its stock have been so well received. We’d like to thank everyone for coming and we’re delighted to be establishing a stronger presence for The Salvation Army in Worksop.”
Kathy continued: “We’re always looking for extra shop volunteers to join the Worksop team, and we’d like to encourage anybody who’s interested to pop in and talk to our friendly staff. There’s a whole range of tasks to get involved with, including merchandising, steaming and hanging clothes, ticketing and coding and we provide training on all aspects of the work. We rely on the generosity of our volunteers, so if you think you can spare any time at all, from a few hours to a few days a week, please do get in touch.
“We’re also keen to encourage 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 valuable 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, a Family Tracing Service and much, much more. Over the last five years alone the Salvation Army Trading Company has donated over £35 million to the charity.
Customers visiting the new shop will be offered one of its innovative loyalty cards. The free ‘re:ward’ card rewards customers each time they spend £5 in the shop or donate their unwanted items using one of the shop’s reuseable ‘re:bags’.
Each time a customer spends £5, one side of their re:ward card will be stamped, with 10 stamps entitling them to a £5 credit to spend in the shop. On the other side of the card is the reward scheme for donations, which works in conjunction with a re:bag – a reusable black, white and red bag that can be bought at the shop for 99p. Each time a re:bag is brought into the store full of donations, a stamp to the value of £2 will be given.