Bath charity shop workers rally round to reopen community resource
A group of charity shop workers are hoping to strengthen community spirit in Twerton with the creation of a new charity hub.
Led by mother-of-three Rachael Fowden, the team of residents are hoping to reopen a former charity shop at Twerton High Street.
The group had all worked in or supported the former Genesis charity shop before it was closed earlier this summer.
However, the public outcry when it closed has been so great that Miss Fowden, 40, has spent much of the past six weeks trying to secure funding to reopen it.
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She said: "We'd built it up to a point where it was more than a shop. People really relied on us and we helped them.
"If someone needed a new bed we'd ask around, if someone was lonely they'd come down and have a cup of tea.
"It was the hub of Twerton and when it closed people were devastated. People have been asking when we are coming back."
Miss Fowden has written a business plan and, with the help of social housing group Curo, is hoping to launch the Bath Community Charity Shop.
The shop will help support residents by offering secondhand school uniforms and cheap clothing and organising events.
The team also hopes to put together a welcome pack for new residents to introduce them to the area.
Miss Fowden said: "We are in an area where people don't have much money, and if we can get them some curtains or sell them a child's winter coat for £1 that will make such a difference."
The idea has already received support in the form of letters from neighbouring businesses and financial donations.
Miss Fowden said the team needed to raise more than £2,000 and would initially operate as a not-for-profit company while the shop gets up and running, before applying for charitable status.
Julie Evans, director of residential management and neighbourhoods at Curo, said the organisation would help the scheme with the cost of fixtures and fittings.
She said: "Rachael is well known to us and is an active, helpful and supportive resident. We wish Rachael every success in her efforts to secure the lease from Genesis." To get involved call 07528 427113 or 01225 835 970.