Kettering charity in desperate appeal after being told of impending closure

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A Kettering charity shop has made a desperate appeal for help to find new premises after being told it must leave by Christmas.

Kettering Mind, which helps people with mental health issues, has been told by its landlord to vacate its Rockingham Road shop on December 17.

The charity has a low budget and is now looking for somewhere else, but has so far been unsuccessful.

Assistant manager Deborah Swinden says they are still hopeful of finding a new location.

She said: “There are people who have been here for years and it’s come as a bit of a shock.

“The shop’s been doing really well and has made a good profit.

“We’re keeping our fingers crossed that the head office will find somewhere new but we’re in a bit of turmoil.

“People are really upset.”

Volunteer Kim Standoloft says working there ‘is her life’.

She said: “I am so upset about this.

“It’s not just a shop but a hub for people with mental health problems which are on the increase nationally.

“I have been told I am unable to go to work so volunteering here is my life.

“We have a very low budget and really we need somewhere on the ground floor.

“If anyone can help us, please get in touch.”

If you can help Kettering Mind, contact the shop on 01536 310185.