Church charity shop makes special friends with donation

Hope Charitique presentation

Hope Charitique presentation

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A KIND-hearted charity shop in Hucknall has made a timely donation to help a group for adults with learning difficulties.

The innovative Hope Charitique, of High Street, is a cross between a conventional charity shop and a boutique.

It is run by the Crossroads Church, based at the St John’s Community Hall on Nottingham Road. A percentage of its profits help local good causes.

Now the shop has presented a cheque for £250 to the Special Friends Activity Club, which operates in Hucknall.

It specialises in weekly outings on Tuesdays when an activity co-ordinator and volunteers take members to venues such as the cinema, bowling alley, swimming baths and snooker hall.

They even arrange special birthday celebrations.

The donation will be used to cover the cost of the next insurance premium for the club, which is gearing up for its annual general meeting at the Royal British Legion Social Club on Beardall Street, Hucknall next Thursday (November 10). Anyone interested in finding out more is welcome to attend.

As for Hope Charitique, the cheque to Special Friends is its latest donation since opening its doors in July 2010.

Sabra Pickering, pastor of the Crossroads Church, said: “The shop continues to do well, and we are grateful to our customers who keep us going with their purchases and donations.

“We look forward to continuing success and being able to help other good causes in the future.”

OUR PHOTO shows (from left) shop manager Jacqui Lewington, Linda Powell, of the Special Friends group, and Sabra during the cheque presentation outside Hope Charitique.