New Break shop opens in Long Stratton

A Norfolk charity received a boost yesterday with the opening of a new shop not far from one of its children's centres.

Dozens of bargain hunters flocked to the new Break store in Long Stratton, which will support the work of the charity, which has been helping vulnerable people for more than 40 years.

Jeremy Savage, chairman of South Norfolk Council, performed the ribbon cutting duties yesterday for the opening of the charity shop at two units in Swan Lane.

The new retail enterprise is not far away from the charity's short breaks unit at Nelson Lodge and Trafalgar Lodge, a residential unit for young people with learning difficulties and autism.

Lesley Leigh, retail business manager at Break, said the new shop was the charity's 39th store in Norfolk, Suffolk, Lincolnshire and the West Country. She added that the manager, Sue Payne, was keen for volunteers to help out in the shop and would take donations between 9am and 5pm Monday to Saturday.

'We have been looking in Long Stratton for some time and we are really pleased with the good response,' she said.

Mel Julier, manager of Nelson Lodge, added: 'We have been in Long Stratton for six years or so and a lot of local people do not know we are there. The shop will help raise awareness.'