Charity shop set to reopen following Â£10,000 face-lift in Northampton
A charity shop in Northampton has undergone a major Â£10,000 renovation programme to bring the tired and outdated store into the 21st century.
The Kettering Road Samaritans branch reopens on Tuesday, August 8 and will now be able to accept contactless card payments, as opposed to cash only.
The store says, every penny spent will go directly into funding the local branch, which received more than 18,000 ‘contacts’ by phone, email, text and face-to-face last year.
Julia Ginns, director of Northampton Samaritans who has spent 39 years as a volunteer, said: “The charity shop sector in Northampton is absolutely thriving and we can’t afford to get left behind.
“The old image of a charity shop is a glorified jumble sale, simply isn’t true, they are high-quality retail experiences these days.
“Our new store will allow us to compete and give customers an environment they are comfortable in with the technologies they now demand, such as contactless card payments.”
The Northampton branch of the Samaritans is staffed by a total of 102 round-the-clock ‘listening’ volunteers while a further 15 volunteers help with admin tasks and organizing social events and fundraisers.
For more information on Samaritans, visit www.samaritans.org