Age UK launches mobile charity shop - believed to be first in the country

Eyeing up a bargain in the new Age UK South Lakeland mobile charity shop are customers Amanda and Britt Irwin

Eyeing up a bargain in the new Age UK South Lakeland mobile charity shop are customers Amanda and Britt Irwin

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A MOBILE charity shop, believed to be the first in the UK, has been launched by Age UK in South Lakeland.

The ground-breaking store on wheels will travel around rural villages supplementing the work of the charity’s seven outlets in the district.

The Kendal-based charity said the innovative idea was prompted by a 42 per cent increase in the number of older people needing help coupled with a reduction in funding opportunities.

John O’Brien, who oversees the charity’s retail operation, said: “We are constantly challenged to find new ways of raising cash.

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“During the last year we managed to contribute £350,000 that was spent on delivering services, activities and support for and with local older people and our new big idea is to take our shops on the road, focusing on areas which don’t have an Age UK shop or, indeed, any charity shop at all.”

Charity chairman Clive Britton said: “There is no doubt our retail team of staff and volunteers do a sterling job in support of older people but in the last 12 months some of our other sources of funding have come to an end yet the need from older people is increasing.

“We need to consider new activities and initiatives and this wonderful idea – the first in the country – is part of that.

“I urge local people to pop in, meet the team and have a look at items on offer. Every purchase or item donated will help.”

Manned by staff and volunteers, the mobile store will travel to rural areas of the South Lakes to offer goods for sale and to pick up unwanted clothing, books and bric-a-brac.

Places such as Sedbergh, Kirby Lonsdale. Hawkshead and Grasmere will be visited, as will popular country fairs and shows.

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5:06pm Wed 30 Jul 14

shirtbox says...

Age Concern are charging too much for the goods they sell so as to pay for all the staff and vehicles and shops they run in this area.This new venture looks like being another money pit or will an adviser be available to help people with problems instead of having to travel to Kendal for any problems they may have?
Age Concern are charging too much for the goods they sell so as to pay for all the staff and vehicles and shops they run in this area.This new venture looks like being another money pit or will an adviser be available to help people with problems instead of having to travel to Kendal for any problems they may have? shirtbox
  • Score: -8

5:57pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Age Uk SL Head of Retail says...

Just to clarify the retail Department of Age UK South Lakeland does not cost the charity a single penny. Last year the shops contributed over 60% of the charities total income.
Just to clarify the retail Department of Age UK South Lakeland does not cost the charity a single penny. Last year the shops contributed over 60% of the charities total income. Age Uk SL Head of Retail
  • Score: 4

6:32pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Kay2605 says...

Charging too much? Where on earth have you got that from? This year I've had a sideboard for £30, a glazed cupboard for the same, a TV stand for £5, an antique chair for £8 and several pieces of half price clothing. I don't think they can be beaten on price, unless you're so mean you resent paying a fair price for goods that support local people! I look forward to seeing the new charity bus out and about - what a great idea! Well done to all at Age UK!
Charging too much? Where on earth have you got that from? This year I've had a sideboard for £30, a glazed cupboard for the same, a TV stand for £5, an antique chair for £8 and several pieces of half price clothing. I don't think they can be beaten on price, unless you're so mean you resent paying a fair price for goods that support local people! I look forward to seeing the new charity bus out and about - what a great idea! Well done to all at Age UK! Kay2605
  • Score: 8

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