A charity shop in Hadleigh which gives its profits to other charities and organisations in the town is to be visited by a TV and comedy star for its new store’s grand opening.
The Hadleigh Thrift Shop is the only charity and shop in Hadleigh that gives its profits solely to charities and other organisations based in Hadleigh.
It has given funds to the Scouts, Guides, churches, schools, the annual pantomime, and hundreds of other organisations in the community that struggle to get funding from elsewhere.
Extremely popular for both the service it provides and the products it sells, it is moving to a new location, relocating next door in the former Hicks electrical shop in the High Street.
Here it will be able to sell furniture and other items it was unable to sell before.
Barbara Boyd has run the shop for 16 years.
Now in her 80s, she is also hoping to help local start-ups by offering pop up space in the new shop.
To celebrate there will be a grand opening on Saturday at 11am, with Griff Rhys Jones visiting to cut the ribbon and make a speech, after a request from Mrs Boyd’s friend Kathryn Grandon.
The cast of the pantomime, along with the Guides, Scouts, m\ajorettes and others who have been supported by the Thrift Shop, will be at the opening.
From January the shop will also take up the running of the Hadleigh Loyalty Card scheme, which promotes local commerce.
Mrs Grandon said: “I’m really excited that Griff is able to do it as he’s very busy.
“It is probably the most popular charity shop in Hadleigh as everyone knows that so much money that the team raise comes back to Hadleigh, so it’s the first place people support.”