Store House Community Project shop in Norwich celebrates first anniversary
A Norwich community shop set up to help local people facing difficult circumstances is celebrating its first anniversary.
The Store House Community Project Shop, in Magdalen Street, was started by Kim Easter last year and was officially opened by former Norwich City player Robert Fleck. On Saturday, Mr Fleck visited the shop once again to join in with the birthday celebrations.
He said: 'It is amazing how quickly a year goes. The shop looks absolutely fantastic and they have helped a lot of people.
'I'd just like to thank Kim and all the rest of the people involved. Hopefully over the years the project will get bigger and bigger and be even more successful for them.'
About 15 people are involved in the project with Mrs Easter, including the administrator Linda Owen and the treasurer Angie Fish.
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Mrs Easter said it had been a successful first year for the community shop which sells everything from clothes to books to furniture to bric-a-brac to wedding dresses. She said that they had raised just under £60,000 in the shop, and that the project had helped lots of people in different ways.
'The wedding room has really taken off. I dream every girl should have the most precious wedding day, and a lot of the people who come in do not have the money for expensive dresses,' she said.
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She added that as well as giving people the opportunity to buy items at reasonable prices, the project has also helped people who cannot afford to furnish their homes by giving them a furniture starter pack.
'We have furnished 38 places in one year,' she said.
The project has also given clothes to homeless people.
'I am passionate about helping people,' said Mrs Easter, who said she would also like to set up a community centre for the elderly.
• The shop needs donations of furniture, clothes, bric-a-brac and other items. People who would like to make a donation can call the shop on 01603 920882 or Mrs Easter on 07523 656888.