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Friday, 01 August 2014

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Redundancies as Carlisle charity shop closes down

The Alzheimer’s Society is shutting its shop in Carlisle following falling donations and the economic slump.

Charity shop closure photo
The Alzheimer’s Society charity shop

The premises at 147 Botchergate will close on Friday and two part time employees will be made redundant.

The charity has decided to shut all of its shops when there is a break clause in the lease.

Carlisle will be the third to go, after closures in Maidenhead and Brighton last year.

It says the outlet, the only one in Cumbria, is losing money and, given the weakness of the economy and a fall in donations, it is unlikely that it would return to profit in the foreseeable future.

The society says it is “unable to carry the financial risk that the shop will run at a loss, requiring money to support it being diverted from providing services”.

Sue Sharp, Alzheimer’s head of commercial income, said: ‘The closure is absolutely no reflection on the efforts of the staff and volunteers who the society appreciates have worked tremendously hard.

“We will offer all volunteers alternate volunteering opportunities if they wish to continue volunteering with us.

“Unfortunately, the two staff who worked there have been made redundant.”

The shop has already stopped receiving donations of goods.

A notice informing customers of the closure is in the window.

The society says that any clothes or bric-a-brac left on Friday will be disposed of through other charity shops or sold for recycling. It will not be thrown away.

Have your say

I have bought some very good stuff from Charity shops. CDs wear out eventually. They can usually be replaced by buying ones that have been donated to charity shops. Try the Sally Army in Wigton Road for reasonable furniture which they deliver to your home. Some of it is almost new. This means that people on benefits or low income have good quality chairs to sit on at a price they can afford.

Posted by Stemax1960 on 24 September 2012 at 08:08

Now that it's closed, why can't we try getting Primark to fill the empty premises?

Posted by JJ on 14 September 2012 at 19:03

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