Leicestershire MP backs charity's work for disadvantaged children

Published on Monday, 28 January 2013 12:16
Posted by Vicki Mitchem

Andrew Bridgen, MP for North West Leicestershire, made a special visit to The Children's Society today to learn how the charity is tackling child poverty, abuse and neglect.

During his visit to the charity's Ashby de la Zouch store in Market Street, the MP heard how money raised is helping to fund The Children's Society's work with some of the country's most vulnerable and marginalised children, such as young runaways, disabled children and young people and young carers.

Praising the charity's work, Andrew Bridgen MP said: 'Seeing how the tireless work of The Children's Society's staff and volunteers is helping to transform the lives of our most marginalised children was tremendously inspiring. Their passion and commitment is an inspiration to us all. I'd encourage the local community to show their support by visiting the shop.'

Opened in 1987, the shop recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. Until September last year, the shop was run entirely by volunteers, who made it The Children's Society's most profitable shop in the Midlands region. The shop sells books, children's clothes, toys, CDs and DVDs.

Dominique Scott, Regional Retail Manager at The Children's Society, said: 'We were delighted to welcome Andrew to our store and we appreciate his support. He had the opportunity to meet with our staff and volunteers and see-first-hand, how the local community is getting behind our work.'

The Children's Society's shops are always in need of good quality saleable items, particularly ladies clothing and bric-a-brac, and rely solely on donations from the public to help stock the shops.

Source: ©The Children's Society

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