Clitheroe is set to champion a new kind of charity shop – where not a single penny will be wasted on rent, bills, staff or administration charges.
In a move which could challenge the way national charity shops operate on every high street across the UK, the new town mayor says he is determined to make a difference.
Coun. Kevin Horkin has acquired a retail property in Swan Courtyard, off Castle Street, rent-free and says he wants to see as much money raised as quickly as possible, without any of it lost on “unnecessary expenditure”.
All the cash collected will go straight to his chosen mayoral charity, the Clitheroe Community Fund, a new pot of money to help worthy local causes.
“People may be thinking ‘Oh no, not another charity shop’,” acknowledged Coun. Horkin.
“However, this will be different. Rent-free, thanks to the generosity of the landlord, staffed by willing volunteers and with an undertaking that I will personally cover any additional bills, this will be a charity shop with a difference. Every single penny raised will go where it should go – to the people who need it most.”
The fund has a target of raising £100,000 during Coun. Horkin’s busy year in office as town mayor.
“We have a lot of work to do to raise that kind of money over the next 12 months, so I don’t want to see a penny of it wasted on unnecessary expenditure of any kind.
“I want to see the charity shop become a hub of the local community, with local people not only generously donating their unwanted items but also giving their valuable time freely to help run the shop,” said he Mayor.
In addition to quality bric-a-brac, clothing, books and pottery, a number of local retailers have already pledged to offer good-as-new products for sale in the Clitheroe Community Fund charity shop, which is expected to open in early June.