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Charity shop in Sudbury celebrates 175th anniversary of foundation of YMCA

The YMCA Shop in North Street, Sudbury, is marking the charity's 175th anniversary. Photo: Thomas Malina. (11873573)
The YMCA Shop in North Street, Sudbury, is marking the charity's 175th anniversary. Photo: Thomas Malina. (11873573)

A charity shop in Sudbury helped to mark the 175th anniversary of its organisation’s foundation, when it held a celebration event for staff and customers last week.

The YMCA Shop in North Street was adorned with banners and balloons and treated visitors to free food and drinks on Thursday, between 10am and 2pm, as it joined stores all around the country in honouring the youth charity’s milestone.

The store, which sells items such as furniture, clothing and small electrical items, helps to raise money towards funding supported housing and accommodation for vulnerable young people.

Kate Melton, YMCA Shop manager in Sudbury, said: “We are really well supported. We get a lot of donations in, but we could do with more.

“Shops like ours are helping out the children and young people’s housing. They support flats for children between 16 and 18, and when they get to be young adults, they support them in the community with their own apartment.

“We have 12 volunteers. Everyone is a volunteer, apart from myself and the assistant manager, but we could always use more. Pop in or call the shop and we’d be more than happy to sort something out.”

If you would like to find out more about volunteering opportunities at the Sudbury shop, telephone 01787 378429.

For further information about the YMCA charity, go online to www.ymca.org.uk.


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