Youth-club charity shop opens doors to the public

A CHARITY shop in aid of a local youth group opened its doors to the public on Tuesday.

A small crowd gathered in the sunshine as Electric Storm Youth’s shop on North Road was officially opened by MP for East Worthing and Shoreham Tim Loughton at 9.30am.

Opening of ESY charity shop in Lancing

Opening of ESY charity shop in Lancing

The ribbon was cut and shoppers began milling around inside looking to pick up bargains and help the group raise funds needed to build a youth centre in the village.

“I feel terrific,” said Marion Peskett, chairman of the charity.

“I think the volunteers have been absolutely amazing. They have been fantastic and without them it wouldn’t have happened.

Marion praised volunteers Joy Hartley and Olive Leonard for their hard work, energy and drive.

“This is a great opportunity,” said Marion.

“And it’s very local. Literally 50 yards from here is where we are going to build.”

Marion said it was very exciting that the group had a presence in the heart of the village.

“It’s all very much for the community, especially our young people,” she said.

Volunteer Simon Parker, 16, a year-12 student at the Sir Robert Woodard Academy in Lancing, has been helping with the group for more than two years.

“It’s very exciting,” said Robert.

“It’s going to help get our name out there even more than we already have.”

Sir Robert Woodard Academy principal Peter Midwinter said he was looking to get a program of volunteers in to help the shop stay open all day, every day.