New charity opens up during Hucknall’s High Street Bonanza

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A grand opening of Hucknall’s new Lighthouse charity store took place during the High Street Bonanza.

Coun Trevor Locke, a Labour member for Hucknall Central ward on Ashfield District Council, cut a tape in front of the large premises at 16-22 High Street.

Founded 14 years ago, Lighthouse is a not-for-profit enterprise which helps people in need. It works with a range of local agencies to provide support for those who have been marginalised through ill health, long-term unemployment or unfortunate life experience.

Lighthouse’s Valley CIDS scheme is aimed at bringing hope, compassion and care to young people where needed and enabling them to access services designed to increase their leisure-time opportunities.

It promotes the youngsters’ well-being and reduces their risk of getting involved in alcohol or drug misuse, crime and anti-social behaviour.

Lighthouse’s head of retail, Kevin Blackwell, thanked staff and volunteers who had put in a lot of time and energy to enable the opening ceremony to coincide with the bonanza.

Laurie Wardle is the store manager and Amanda Brooks deputy manager. The opening hours are from 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday.