Community has bags of support for blaze-hit charity shop

Volunteers sorted through 45 bags of donations
Volunteers sorted through 45 bags of donations
Have your say

A community has rallied round to support a charity shop devastated by fire.

Workers at Cancer Research UK in Cleveleys were left devastated by an arson attack which destroyed their stock room a week ago.

The blaze, set at the rear of the store in Victoria Road West, left the shop unable to take deliveries as well as torching charity donations waiting for sale.

Following the blaze, it was decided to hold a dedicated donation day at Cleveleys Methodist Church, in Victoria Road East.

Volunteers gave up their day to take it and sift through fresh donations, with the public dropping off more than 40 bags of clothes, books and other items which will soon be on sale to the public.

Alison Barbuti, Cancer Research UK Lancashire spokesman, said: “People in Cleveleys have been very kind and supportive, donating clothing and other items to help us replace the stock we lost in the fire.

“We’ve had about 45 bags of donations.

“We’d like to thank our amazing volunteers who gave up their time to help and who have really pulled together since the fire and Thornton Methodist Church for their support.”