Little Havens Hospice’s seventh charity shop has opened in the Heathway Centre in Dagenham. The newest addition to the charity’s successful chain of shops is already proving popular with the locals. On Friday 7th July at 3pm, staff and volunteers, along with Little Havens Hospice’s Trading Director Trevor Johnson and Cllr Sade Bright, enjoyed tea and cake to commemorate the shops official opening.
Also celebrating was Shop Manager Helen Stephens who has been working for Havens Hospices for 2 years.
“I am extremely proud to be managing this shop; I was overwhelmed by the support of the local community, the fact I had twelve volunteers before we even opened is testament to that! I absolutely love my team and I know we’re going to make this a success! Everyone has been very friendly and extremely generous. We have been warmly welcomed and accepted by not only the local community, but the other traders in the centre.
“The specialist care and support provided by Little Havens Hospice is free of charge, this is only possible because of the kindness of our supporters. So I would like to thank anyone who has already popped in to see us either to donate items or to make a purchase you truly are helping Little Havens to continue fulfil their promise of ‘Making every day count’ for children and their families across Essex.”
Cllr Sade Bright - Cabinet Member for Equalities and Cohesion and Chadwell Heath Ward said
“The shop is really lovely as are all the volunteers who I’ve had the pleasure of meeting today. The items they have for sale are wonderful; I’ve already bought a couple of things myself! I’m very pleased to see it has a lot of support from the community already as it is raising money for such a wonderful charity that really is there for families when they most need care and support. I wish Helen and her team all the best with the shop and hope that it is a huge success.”
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