A NEW charity shop opening up will be the first of its kind where all proceeds go straight to local animal rescue centre.
The RSPCA shop which is opening at the end of the month in the former New Look store, in High Street, Swadlincote, will donate all of its profits straight to the rescue centre, in Hillfield Lane, Stretton.
Murrae Blair-Park, regional RSPCA branch manager, said the shop’s opening will also mark the 25th anniversary of the rescue centre which costs £4,700 a week to run.
He said: “It will be the first retail outlet which will increase revenue for the Stretton rescue centre as well as celebrating its 25th anniversary.
“As the RSPCA Burton and District branch, we don’t receive any funding from the RSPCA so any money we raise we must get ourselves.
“It costs £4,700 a week to run the shelter so all proceeds will be donated to the shelter.
“We are hoping to expand and help fund the shelter so any donations are always welcomed.
“We chose Swadlincote because it is a growing town and we are very focused in bringing the community together.”
With its emphasis on the community the charity shop has already enlisted the help of Swadlincote’s Chameleon School of Construction to kit it out the and as well as creating one-and-a-half paid jobs, is also hoping to take on another 20 volunteers.
Mr Blair-Park said: “It is not just about people buying clothes, it is about making sure we contribute to the local community.
“We will also be supporting people to get retail training.”
The shop will sell clothes, shoes, furniture, bric a brac, and other items and will officially open on July 31.
Pat Murray, chairman of South Derbyshire District Council, is also a consultant for Chameleon School of Construction, and said: “The shop was in a bit of a mess so Chameleon was invited in and gave it a bit of paint which took about five coats and they have made a good job of it. “They have made it look acceptable.”
Anyone who wants to make a donation or apply for a volunteering role can contact Murrae Blair-Park on 07896 546831.