THE work of a charity that helps transform lives will be boosted after a new shop opened in Hartlepool.
The Salvation Army has opened a new store in York Road, in the town centre, which got off to a busy start yesterday.
Shoppers could not wait to get through the doors and look for a bargain in clothes, books, DVDs and bric-a-brac.
It marks a return to town of a charity shop for the Salvation Army.
North East area manager Anthony Cummings said: “Since our last unit in Middleton Grange shopping centre closed about two years ago, we have been looking to get back into Hartlepool as we have a strong following and support in the town.
“This unit came up. It is in an excellent location and we are really looking forward to re-establishing ourselves in Hartlepool.”
The shop opened for business with a ribbon-cutting ceremony by staff and the Salvation Army’s Divisional Commander for the North East, Major Denis Lomax.
He added: “This shop gives a visible presence of the Salvation Army and is another outlet for people to meet with us and for us to be able to address their needs.”
The Salvation Army’s work ranges from tackling homelessness to supporting the elderly, unemployed and poverty.
The new Hartlepool shop is run by manager Lynn Bullock and sales assistant Sarah Rogers.
But they are looking for volunteers to join them as well as appealing to the public for donations.
The only items they cannot accept are furniture and electrical goods.