Rye Community Shop is one of the many shops still unable to open, and a notice in the window from the Trustees (see photograph below) explains the reasons why. The safety of both customers and the volunteer staff has to be a priority.
Rye Community Shop was set up in 2016, selling upcycled clothes and household items to raise money to support local causes, and their work should not be underestimated as to date they have raised and distributed over £85,000 to a wide variety of deserving causes (as shown below), a fantastic achievement by Kate Sims and her team.
Frustratingly the shop is unable to function at the moment, but not all is lost for they have utilised their shop window to showcase all the good causes they have helped and the amounts awarded to each group.
The list shows a strong emphasis on helping other community groups and charities, and those working with children, and those helped are not just in Rye, but also in around a dozen nearby villages. A further message reads:
“It is now time for the existing Trustees to step down and, if the shop is to continue, new Trustees need to be appointed to take the shop forward. If you are interested in becoming a Trustee or would like further information please contact Kate Sims at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Image Credits: Nick Forman .