VIDEO: Celebrations as new charity shop opens its doors

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Dozens of volunteers attended the official opening of a community charity’s new shop yesterday (Tuesday, June 25).

The brand-new KCU shop in Newland Street, Kettering, was opened by the borough’s mayor, Cllr Keli Watts, in a ceremony.

KCU, previously Kettering Centre for the Unwaged, was also celebrating being awarded a furniture recycling contract from the borough council as well as the unveiling of its new logo, which has been designed by Tresham College student Adam Kay.

“We are a community charity,” said Paul Jackson, the chief executive of KCU. “We are the only Kettering community charity there is.

“We are looking for donations from people who want to support a local charity.”

Maggie Don, who has been involved with KCU for almost its whole existence, said: “It’s been a valuable resource for the town ever since it started.”

The charity runs about 30 different courses for the unemployed and low-waged to pick up new skills, and another volunteer, Jayne Bridgeman, said: “People have said to me, ‘Your course gives me a reason to get up in the morning’.”