Charity shop moves

HEATHER SIMPSON
Last updated 09:39 18/06/2014

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Bread of Life's charity shop Sheets and Things is to move to new premises in the centre of Blenheim to target those most in need.

The shop sells pre-loved linen, towels, bedding and curtains at affordable prices to those unable to afford household items.

Bread of Life have renovated a former Telephone House workshop and will move to the rented shop behind Crossroads in Blenheim in two weeks. It would be manned by a team of 15 volunteers.

Bread of Life manager Brian Gull said the blankets and sheets had been popular with those in desperate need.

"We are not just hands out, we focus on hands up," Gull said. "Marlborough may well be a rich community but there are a lot of people in desperate need and we want to reach out to them. People would be shocked to know how many people are struggling.

"Being out of the centre of town we don't get a lot of foot traffic. The new shop is not about making more money, it is about servicing more people."

Most customers were referrals from Work and Income and the police. Gull hoped a CBD presence would attract more walk-ins to the shop and volunteers could signpost customers to other services.

Sheets and Things started its life run out of the back of cars and trailers and serviced Picton and surrounding areas.

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