New charity shop will help unemployed

Kettering KCU shops: Gold St shop l-r Bridget Dowsett, Beryl Rhinds, and Grace Doherty. 23/04/12
Kettering KCU shops: Gold St shop l-r Bridget Dowsett, Beryl Rhinds, and Grace Doherty. 23/04/12

A CHARITY for the unwaged hopes its two new shops will help fund the increasing number of services its new premises allow.

KCU, which held the first enrolment day for its employment courses at Fuller Baptist Church, Kettering, on Wednesday, has opened a new charity shop in High Street and its first shop has moved a couple of doors down Gold Street.

The charity, which offers training to get people back into work, hopes to double the number of courses it offers to 100 over the next three years and the shops could prove vital to raising the £100,000 a year it needs to keep going.

Chief executive Paul Jackson said: “We are a self-funded charity. We get some grants every now and again but money is very difficult to get.

“Our charity shop in Gold Street was so successful the obvious next step was to open a second shop to ensure we are as well-funded as possible.”

The Gold Street shop, which is next to Palmers Quality Butchers, is a general charity shop and the new store near Gala Bingo specialises in children’s clothes, toys and furniture.

For details visit www.kcultd.org.uk.