Disability charity shop celebrates twenty years in Walworth

Katherine Johnston (19 June, 2018) Misc

Shop praised for 'strong presence in local community'

22558Neil Coyle celebrates with Sense charity shop volunteers and staff

A disability charity shop  celebrated twenty years on the Walworth Road with a visit from Bermondsey and Old Southwark MP, Neil Coyle.

The Sense charity shop has been trading for twenety years, having first opened its doors on June 10, 1998.

Funds raised by the shop help support people with complex communication needs, including those who are deafblind, to be inderstood and feel more connected and valued.

The shop has also become a big part of the Walworth community, holding events like open days for students at Camberwell College of Arts, and supporting homeless people with donations of sleeping bags.

Shop Manager, Carolyn Gee, said: “It’s great to have reached our twentieth birthday – we’ve achieved so much at Walworth Road with the local community. Inviting everyone to our celebrations was our way of saying thank you to those who have supported the shop with their generous donations. We had a great time.”

Neil Coyle, who joined staff and volunteers at the celebtrations, said: “The Sense shop at Walworth Road has a strong presence in the local community and has engaged with people through their work over the past twenty years.

“It’s wonderful to see the shop achieve this milestone. I strongly encourage local people to visit and donate if possible!”

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