Disability charity Scope opens its first Middlesbrough shop, at 93 Linthorpe Road on Thursday 6 December at 10am.
Three-year-old Elise will perform the opening ceremony, after her mum Christie Hermistan turned to Scope two and a half years ago when Elise was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
Christie, from Newcastle:
“When Elise was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, I was devastated – I thought Elise’s life was over before it had even started. I couldn’t stop worrying about her.
“When I called Scope’s helpline, I finally talked to someone who understood what I was going through. It meant the world to me.
“Step by step, Scope has helped transform the way I feel – supporting me to be the mum Elise needs. That is why we’re so pleased to be opening the new shop. All the money raised here goes to help families like mine to make sure we can give our children the best start in life.
The new shop is a treasure trove for bargain hunters, and the new ranges will feature a great mix of quality fashion, from designer labels to high street names. Eclectic home-wares will be found at highly competitive prices, and Smoggies will find ideal stocking-fillers for Christmas amongst the range of brand new items. The shop is also looking for volunteers.
Over half (58%) of people in the North East region donate clothes to charity shops that have never been worn according to Scope research.
Becca Morgan, Scope Shop Manager from Eston, Middlesbrough says:
“Our 20 local volunteers have been working incredibly hard alongside the Scope staff team, to make sure this new shop looks amazing and ready to welcome the community on Thursday 6 December.
“We have a fabulous range of fashions and bric-a-brac to suit all tastes, including a stunning Michael Kors dress. Whether you’re a budding fashionista or just love finding hidden gems, thanks to great donations from this community, our new shop is the perfect place for canny shoppers to get catwalk looks without breaking the bank.
“If you have a few hours to spare and want to get out of the house, or are looking to enhance your CV, volunteering offers so many incredible opportunities, at hours suitable to you. Please drop in and have a chat with me.”
Scope is one of the leading charity shop retailers in the country and the development into this dynamic marketplace will further enable Scope to support disabled people and their families.