A new retail arm which will help fund the work of Dacorum homelessness charity DENS has been officially opened.
Mayor of Dacorum Councillor Penny Hearn was the special guest at the site in Paradise, just behind Marlowes in Hemel Hempstead town centre, and cut a yellow ribbon to declare the new furniture warehouse open for business.
The 3,000 square foot warehouse will be contributing to the charity’s coffers by selling off donated furniture, electrical goods and other household items which aren’t suitable for use in the starter packs which DENS provides for those in need as part of its wide-ranging work in the town.
Next door is an 800 square foot charity shop selling clothes, bric-a-brac and other items. Both units are open Monday to Friday, 10am to 2pm, and welcome further donations – there’s free parking right outside the door.
The charity shop has seen a recent surge in business thanks to a donation of 200 pairs of brand new famous name children’s shoes – there are still bargains to be had.
And stylish summer clothes for the larger lady, the result of another donation, have been flying off the racks, says retail manager Lynn Robertson.
More volunteers are needed to help extend the shop’s opening hours and provide more much-needed revenue for DENS. If you’d like to know more, click here to visit the website or call 01442 262274.