Charity will open up at county mall

A south east Northumberland charity is opening its first retail outlet in a county shopping centre next month.

Escape Family Support will open the doors in the next few weeks at Blyth’s Keel Row Shopping Centre, and will specialise in selling donated children’s items.

The charity, set up to help those struggling with alcohol and drug misuse, their families and carers, is appealing for any unwanted children’s clothing, books, baby equipment and toys to help keep the shelves of the new shop stocked.

Trustee Peter Mitchell said: “We are delighted to be opening the doors to our very first children’s-only store.

“It is a new concept for Blyth and the surrounding area and we hope it will be a big success.

“Parents and families will be able to find many wonderful things for new-born babies right through to twelve-year-olds.

“Shoppers will be able to browse for a bargain and deliver their own donations, and by doing so they’ll be supporting our valuable work.”

The store will sell a variety of items including clothes, books, toys, pushchairs and DVDs.

The charity is now recruiting local volunteers to help sort stock and serve customers.

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