RSPCA Charity Shop In Stowmarket Has Reopened Its Doors

The RSPCA Suffolk East and Ipswich charity shop at 6 Wilkes Way, Stowmarket reopened its doors to the public on 4th August 2020.

The animal welfare charity closed its four charity shops at the start of lockdown but is now pleased to be able to open all four in line with the social distancing guidelines set out by the government.

Jenny Eden, RSPCA retail specialist, said: “As branches are separately registered charities, their charity shops are a vital source of income to ensure that we can continue to care for animals in need in the local area, so we are thrilled to be able to open our doors to customers again and accept much-needed donations.

“We want to reassure our supporters that we will ensure the experience of shopping in our charity shops will be as safe and comfortable as possible. We are taking measures to protect our staff and our customers, including the use of plastic screens, providing hand sanitiser, storing donations for 48 hours before they are sorted, wiping down hard goods and steaming clothing items before they go onto the shop floor, as well as regular cleaning, and putting social distancing rules in place. This way we can keep everyone in our shops safe whilst also continuing to help the animals who need us.”

The Suffolk East and Ipswich branch is a separately registered charity and their shops are a vital source of funding to help more than 550 dogs, cats, small animals and wildlife (2019).

Julie Sommerville, Stowmarket charity shop manager said: “We have missed all our customers and volunteers so much during the lockdown so we are thrilled to be back. Support for our charity shops during these difficult times means a lot to us as it means we can continue to care for local animals that need our help.”

The RSPCA Suffolk East and Ipswich Stowmarket charity shop has changed its opening hours to allow for cleaning so will now be open from 10am to 4pm.

For those looking to donate items, the charity is welcoming donations of clothes, bric-a-brac, handbags, jewellery, toys, books and DVDs.

The Stowmarket shop is in need of volunteers, so if you are looking for a voluntary retail placement, please contact Julie on 01449 259036.

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