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Rainbow celebrates 10 years at West End

Posted: March 1, 2016 Time: 4:34 pm Written by: Kelle Russell

IMG_0190The Rainbow Centre is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its first charity shop, which opened on the High Street in West End, Southampton in February 2006.

At present there are 10 regular volunteers who help run the store alongside the managers.  Since it opened 10 years ago, the shop has helped to raise vital funds enabling The Rainbow Centre to deliver its continuing care for children and adults with Cerebral Palsy and adults with Parkinson’s, MS, Head Injury and Stroke.

Shop Manager Olivia McPherson said: “The shop has grown from strength to strength, since it opened, and this is down to the dedication of the volunteers as well as the support of shoppers and donors within the community. We look forward to continuing this good work that makes such a difference to the children and adults that use the centre.”

Lynette Jorden the original shop manager, remembers the day it opened.

“I was so pleased at the decision to have a shop in West End because it is at the centre of a vibrant and diverse community.  I saw it as an opportunity to develop a loyal customer base by offering great products and good value for money.”

Lara Bull the CEO of The Rainbow Centre hopes to open more shops across the area over the next few years, in addition to the three shops they have at the moment. It is hoped this will bring the work of the Rainbow Centre to the attention of many more people, enabling them to raise more funds for such important work in the future.