Busy Galashiels charity shop appeals for more helping hands

L-r Demelza Knights (Manager) and Kate Andrew (Assistant Manager) of the first YMCA charity shop which opened in Channel Street, Galashiels today.
L-r Demelza Knights (Manager) and Kate Andrew (Assistant Manager) of the first YMCA charity shop which opened in Channel Street, Galashiels today.
0
Have your say

THE manager of Scotland’s first YMCA shop in Galashiels has appealed for more volunteers to help in the store.

Demelza Knights has reported a busy first four months of trading since the charity shop was opened last November by Braw Lad Greg Borthwick.

And she hopes more people can lend some of their time to help out.

Miss Knights said: “We have had great support from the community so far and I would like to say a big thank you to all our customers.

“We have had a high turnover of staff, which often happens in charity shops, so we are asking people if they are interested in giving up even a couple of hours to work in the shop.”

Money raised in the store is sent to the charity’s Peebles office which is then distributed to support young families in the Borders.

Miss Knights added: “We have had a lot of people coming into the store saying how impressed they are with the good standard of the furniture and electric goods we are selling. There has been a lot of demand, I think because of the economic climate, with professional working people coming in.

“I don’t think we would have been so busy if we had opened two years ago and I think demand for charity shops will increase.”

Miss Knights has recently been joined by new assistant manager Ibolya Baranyi who hails from Hungary.

To become a volunteer in the YMCA’s Channel Street shop, call 01896 750431.