VIDEO: Mayor’s charity shop opens in Clitheroe

A new kind of charity shop, where not a single penny will be wasted on rent, bills, staff or administration charges, has opened its doors in Clitheroe.

Clitheroe Mayor Coun. Kevin Horkin acquired the retail property in Swan Courtyard, off Castle Street, rent-free, thanks to the generosity of the landlord.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Clitheroe, Coun.Kevin Horkin and Wendy Smith along with the Mayor and Mayoress of the Ribble Valley, Coun. Richard Sherras and Mrs Lynne Pate at the offical opening of the new charity shop in the Swan Courtyard.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Clitheroe, Coun.Kevin Horkin and Wendy Smith along with the Mayor and Mayoress of the Ribble Valley, Coun. Richard Sherras and Mrs Lynne Pate at the offical opening of the new charity shop in the Swan Courtyard.

It will be staffed by willing volunteers and Coun. Horkin will personally cover any additional bills.

All the cash collected will go straight to Coun. Horkin’s chosen mayoral charity, the Clitheroe Community Fund, a new pot of money to help worthy local causes.

The fund has a target of raising £100,000 during Coun. Horkin’s busy year in office as town mayor.

Coun. Horkin said: “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 free time to help run the shop.

“I cannot think of a better cause than supporting something that’s right on your own doorstep. Every penny spent in the shop will be used in the local community.”

Quality bric-a-brac, clothing, books and pottery, are all welcomed at the Clitheroe Community Fund charity shop which will be open daily Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm.