Andrew Bridgen, MP for North West Leicestershire, made a special visit to The Children’s Society on Friday 25 January to learn how the charity is tackling child poverty, abuse and neglect.
During his visit to the charity’s Ashby de la Zouch store in Market Street, the MP heard how money raised is helping to fund The Children’s Society’s work with some of the country’s most vulnerable and marginalised children, such as young runaways, disabled children and young people and young carers.
Praising the charity’s work, Andrew Bridgen MP said: “Seeing how the tireless work of The Children’s Society’s staff and volunteers is helping to transform the lives of our most marginalised children was tremendously inspiring. It was a great honour to meet volunteers who have been with the shop since it opened 25 years ago. Their passion and commitment is an inspiration to us all. I’d encourage the local community to show their support by visiting the shop.”
Opened in 1987, the shop recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. Until September last year, the shop was run entirely by volunteers, who made it The Children’s Society’s most profitable shop in the Midlands region. The shop sells books, children’s clothes, toys, CDs and DVDs.
Antony Richards, Manager at The Children’s Society shop in Ashby, said: “We were delighted to welcome Andrew to our store and we appreciate his support. He had the opportunity to meet with our staff and volunteers and see-first-hand, how the local community is getting behind our work.”
The Children’s Society’s shops are always in need of good quality saleable items, particularly ladies clothing and bric-a-brac, and rely solely on donations from the public to help stock the shops.
If you would like to make a stock donation, please contact Antony Richards, Shop Manager on 01530 417096.
Media enquiries and further information
For more information, please call The Children’s Society media team on 020 7841 4422 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For out-of-hours enquiries please call 07810 796 508.
Notes to editors
The Children’s Society wants to create a society where children and young people are valued, respected and happy. We are committed to helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young people, including children in care and young runaways. We give a voice to disabled children, help young refugees to rebuild their lives and provide relief for young carers. Through our campaigns and research, we seek to influence policy and perceptions so that young people have a better chance in life.