Hailsham Trust to run charity shop

A charity shop based in Hailsham is changing hands and will now be run by the Hailsham Trust.

The shop at 28/28a North Street has been run by charity Thank the Forces for the last four years.

Thank the Forces is set for closure after the Government announced that British troops are to be withdrawn from Afghanistan. But the Hailsham Trust has stepped up and said it would like to continue running the shop which will now raise funds for the Hailsham Trust and will keep the shop’s eight volunteers. The Trust will also carry out a revamp of the building and stock.

It is planned to reopen on April 1 this year.

John Cornish, Chair of Hailsham Trust, said: “We are delighted to have another opportunity to serve the local community and we are in the middle of further fundraising to try and make this re-launch all the more fantastic.”

Shirley Smith, Charity Shop Volunteer Manager, added: “I’m so pleased that Hailsham Trust are keen to keep this charity shop alive; it’s of such great value to the volunteers involved and our loyal customers. What’s more, the charity is all about helping individuals in our local community – great.”

Thank the Forces was set up to support the British Forces and their loved ones back home. Now the shop will raise money for the Hailsham Trust, which aims to achieve “community regeneration through integrated voluntary sector action.” The organisation aims to provide support services for residents in seven core areas including children and families, young people, black and minority ethnic (BME) communities, employability and training, healthy lifestyles, wellbeing and community activities.