A charity which provides care and opportunities for adults with learning disabilities is calling on volunteers to help at the Hitrade charity shop in Sidcup.
Gill Gibb, chief executive of Canterbury Oast Trust, said: “The shop in Hatherley Road is vitally important to our work helping people from across Kent and beyond. The volunteers at the shop are an invaluable asset and we are appealing to people who live in the Sidcup area to donate a small amount of time to make sure it continues to be a success.”
The shop, which sells a variety of items including second-hand books, clothes and bric-a-brac, directly helps the trust which is based at the Rare Breeds Centre visitor attraction in Woodchurch, near Ashford.
The centre is one of the South East’s leading visitor attractions, famous for its animals – ranging from Mangalitza pigs, goats and alpacas to birds of prey, butterflies and creepy crawlies – and its children’s play park, Discovery Garden, pig racing, trailer rides and Mysterious Marsh.
Hitrade has been raising funds for Canterbury Oast Trust for more than 20 years and has played a direct part in improving the lives of those adults who gain useful work experience at the Rare Breeds Centre, caring for its many animals, working in the Granary Restaurant or tending the plants in the nursery.
Gill Gibb said: “Anyone who lends a hand at Hitrade can rest assured they are making a worthy contribution. It is also a chance to meet like-minded people.”
For more information on volunteering at the Hitrade shop contact Barbara on 01322 524193 or Phyllis on 01689 891504.