New Richard House charity shop opens in Barking

Published: December 2, 2016

New Richard House charity shop opens in Barking

This Friday, 2nd December, Richard House opened a new charity shop at the Vicarage Field Shopping Centre.

The public were invited to attend the grand opening at 10am after which they could grab a bargain from the range of good quality used clothing, household items, books, toys and games.

The shop was opened by Murad Shaikh who is one of the young adults in Richard House care. The seventeen-year-old Murad is a new volunteer at the shop and will be supporting the new shop’s retail team. Murad, from East Ham, was born with a series of life-threatening conditions, and has been using the services at Richard House since 1999.

“I’ve been involved with Richard House for such a long time and I really wanted to give something back,” he said of his motivation to join the team. “I enjoy speaking about the positive work that Richard House does and I also enjoy fundraising so I’m really looking forward to this role. I also want to encourage more people to come and volunteer for Richard House and help raise funds to support the important work that the charity does.”

Louise Hamilton, Head of Retail at Richard House says: “I am absolutely delighted that we are opening a new charity shop right in the heart of Barking and that Murad was able to be there and lead the ceremony. He better than anyone represents the importance of Richard House’s work as every pound that we make through our shops makes a real difference to the families who access our services. I would also like to say thank you to the Richard House Trading Company Board and the Vicarage Field Centre management for all their help and support with getting the shop set up as well as Jack Wills, Marks and Spencer, Oasis Fashion and Mamas & Papas for all the lovely donations.”

This will be the seventh charity shop for Richard House, which is based in Beckton. The hospice provides care and services to children with life-limiting and complex healthcare conditions, and supports their families.

You can find the Richard House shop at Unit 12, Vicarage Field Shopping Centre, Barking, IG118DQ