08:12AM, Friday 28 June 2013
A third Age Concern shop has opened in Maidenhead following the success of the independent charity.
The shop opened on Monday in the High Street and specialises in furniture and electrical items.
The opening was attended by Deputy Mayor John Lenton and his wife Margaret along with Cllr Derek Wilson (Con, Oldfield).
Chief Executive of Age Concern for Slough and Berkshire East Tracey Morgan is delighted to welcome the new outlet which is now Age Concern's eighth store across Maidenhead and Windsor.
She said: "The shop will allow us to raise funds which will help local people in and around the town as well as helping to reduce landfill as people are encouraged to donate, rather than bin, their old furniture."
She added: "There is a demand for these specialist stores because we are finding that in this climate people can't always afford to go out and buy a new sofa."
The store employed two full time members of staff including manager Phil Couch and five volunteers.
The charity, which is completely independent, pumps the money they make from their shops straight back into the community where they are based.
Age Concern does not rely on external funding.
The charities success is a result of the efforts they have put into developing their retail outlets and commercial ventures including services such as insurance and stairlifts.
In Maidenhead, Age Concern runs the Rendezvous cafe in the Town Hall as well as lunch clubs at Larchfield Community Centre and St Mark's Methodist Church.
"We are always looking at how to expand because that is how we continue making our own money," added Tracey, who is also appealing for volunteers to work in the new High Street store.