Tuesday 12 August 2014

Emmaus Medway second shop a sell out success

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Emmaus Medway’s second hand furniture shop had such a successful first week, that the charity – which supports 20 formerly homeless people by giving them a place to live and work - is already calling for more donations.

The 1500 sq ft premises, opposite Debenhams on Chatham High Street, opened at 9:30am on Wednesday 23 July. Within five minutes of the doors opening, the first sale totalling £20 had been made.

By the end of the first day, the former clothing shop turned quality second-hand goods store had brought in over £760, five times the income needed to break even.

Now the staff and companions working in the shop are calling for more donations, to keep business booming.

Emmaus Medway general manager, Martin Sissons, said: “We desperately need more donations of good quality furniture for the Chatham and Rochester shops.

“Emmaus communities strive to be self-sufficient which means we try not to rely on sources of income other than our social enterprises. All of the money we make in our shops goes back in, helping people who have been homeless by giving them a place to live, the opportunity to put aside savings for the future, and the chance to learn new skills.

“There are Emmaus communities across the UK, some of which run a chain of shops. I recognised that we had the potential to take this step in the Medway region. We already run one shop in Rochester which sells white goods, bric-a-brac and furniture and we spotted this location in Chatham.

“Thanks to the hard work of companions – as Emmaus residents are known – staff and volunteers we turned the shop around in less than a week after signing the lease in mid-July.”

Customer response to the shop has been astonishing with people queuing to get in the door of the shop.

One customer from Chatham, said: “We just popped in for a quick look around and now we are leaving with a wardrobe and bed for just £65. The shop offers superb value for money, and it’s really great that all of the profits go to support people who have been homeless.”

If you would like to donate an item, or find out more about Emmaus Medway, email emmausmedway@gmail.com or call 01634 407026

You can also donate items to communities and groups across the UK. Find your local community or group here.


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