Knights charity rides in to Blackpool with first shop

Andy Linehan has opened a shop on St Annes Road in Blackpool for his charity 1st Knight, which supports former and current service personnel.
Andy Linehan has opened a shop on St Annes Road in Blackpool for his charity 1st Knight, which supports former and current service personnel.
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A charity set up to help disabled ex-servicemen has chosen Blackpool as the place for its first shop.

The 1st Knight charity run by Andy Linehan offers holidays for veterans who have suffered injury, terminal illness or disability at its bed and breakfast accommodation in Spain.

To fund the aid the two year old charity has been selling new and used army clothing.

Now Andy said the time had come to open its first shop to expand the charity’s range of services.

He said: “All our profits go into the charity so we had to think carefully about where we were going to open our first shop.

“I am from the south but when you look into opening a charity shop anywhere near London it would cost more than £2,000 a month in rent and we did not want to eat into the money raised for the ex-servicemen.”

He said some ex-military people he knew had connections to Blackpool and suggested the resort as the place for the first shop.

“We sell military clothing and equipment both new and used and area selling a lot to cadets at the moment because they are in the process of changing their uniforms.

“The money we raise pays for the holidays for the servicemen at Bullas near Murcia to give them a well deserved break.

“I am retired military myself and had some friends killed and maimed in the service of their country so wanted to set up a charity to help the ex-servicemen.

“We chose the name 1st Knight as a sort of play on words around the Knights of the Round Table and their vows to help others.

“I was in the 7th Royal Horse Artillery attached to the Parachute Regiment on the 105 howtizers and served all over the place. I was at Weeton for a while so I know Blackpool. We are delighted to set up our first shop in St Annes Road near the Waterloo pub.”