Shop holds Volunteer Day ahead of opening with champion boxer

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A NEW charity shop in aid of people who have learning disabilities held a Volunteers’ Fair on Friday.

Renaissance gave people the chance to get involved with the new shop, which will be launched by former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion Frank Bruno at 1pm on April 12.

The shop in Tring High Street is on the lookout for volunteers to serve customers, label and sort stock and support people with learning disabilities who contribute to running the shop.

Senior manager Kim Challinor said: “The general aim was to make people aware the shop is opening and to increase awareness of the charity.”

The shop will raise money for the day service, based in Aylesbury, which provides valuable support to people recovering from mental health problems and for people with learning disabilities.

Ms Challinor said: “We are hoping we can use it as a training resource for people to get back into work and give them the social skills and the retail experience.”

Some of the work to the new shop, managed by Hightown Praetorian & Churches Housing Association, has also been carried out by people the charity serves.

The building previously occupied by Corbett’s Book Shop, which closed following 25 years in the town in June, now has two changing rooms.

Ms Challinor added: “It is one the largest shops in Tring.

“We have had our work cut out.”