Customers queued in Western Road for the opening of Autism Sussex’s first ever charity shop this week.
The new team there consists of shop manager Lorely Holt, Ann Long, Shelly Noir and volunteers.
The ribbon was cut at 10am on Monday by volunteer Anita Edwards.
Anita is using the experience to learn new skills in the workplace after spending time at home with her children.
She said: “I really enjoyed my first shift, it was my first ever volunteering experience and I was made to feel part of the team already.”
Lydia Buchanan-Bray, Retail Development Manager for the charity, commented: “The opening day was a huge success, the feedback from the customers was very positive and uplifting. Having a presence on the High Street is important to us, as not only will the new shop help to provide essential additional income for our charity, it will also help us to be part of the local community and raise awareness of our vital work and the people we support.”
The shop staff are appealing for stock - phone 01424 819366 and the charity will arrange collection of the donations. If anyone like to to join the voluntary team, they can contact Lorely on the same number.