Shoppers and budding volunteers in Brownhills gathered outside the new high street Salvation Army charity shop on Thursday 17th December as it opened its doors to the public for the first time. 

During the official ribbon-cutting opening ceremony The Salvation Army’s Major Nigel Govier prayed a blessing and cut the ribbon to officially open the new shop before welcoming the crowd of eager bargain hunters and Christmas shoppers.

Visual merchandiser for Salvation Army Trading Company, Jayne Sargeant, was delighted to hear so many lovely comments about the new shop from the local community on opening day: “It was brilliant to see people gathering in support of the new shop in Brownhills. It’s a big shop with over 2,000 hanging units, 15 shelves for entertainment items, large menswear, womenswear, childrenswear and homeware departments, plus a fantastic selection of handbags and accessories. Perfect for that last-minute New Year party outfit!”

Jayne added: “We were also pleased to sign up four volunteers who will be joining the Brownhills team – we’d like to encourage anybody else interested in becoming a volunteer at the shop 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 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 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.”

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