Sun, Sea and Supporting the Community

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SUPPORT: The Garners of Sun, Sea and Selling Houses cut the ribbon and (inset) with President, Cathy Stott (centre left), and Head of Welfare, Colin Richardson (right).

THE new Age Support Almanzora shop has been officially opened in Albox with a lavish reception held for volunteers and supporters.

Spanish Property Choice’s Sharon and Stephen Garner – of Channel 4 hit show Sun, Sea and Selling Houses – sponsored the well-attended event and were on hand to cut the official ribbon on the day.

Several high profile people were in attendance at the official opening, including town hall representative Jo Tissington and Smooth FM’s Richard Tolman.

The new shop, based in the Camino los Segovias opposite the Peugeot garage, will now host the Welfare Team with mobility aids for hire, meaning shoppers can see exactly how their donations help the charity.

It will open with spring fashion items on sale, while there will also be plenty of bedding, household goods, books, and a men’s department.

Roz, Shop Manageress, said: “There is something in the shop for everyone with a large changing room and sale rail.

“I hope that old friends from Arboleas will continue to support the charity, as well as all the new customers that Albox will provide.”

The shop is in a handy spot, near other English shops and the Mercadona, and, as Roz says, “It is beautifully light and airy with plenty of space in which to display goods.”

The larger shop now needs more volunteers, either as shop assistants or as members of the welfare team.

For those that can spare a few hours each week, have a chat with the staff when visiting the shop.

Working there is a good way to meet people, support a charity and learn some Spanish as well.

Donations are always needed to help vulnerable, lonely people in the area, something they have been doing since 2013 and has developed a reputation for reliability, support and practical help.

Maggie, in charge of fundraising for the new shop, said: “The new appeal is to raise funds for another hospital-style bed as the one we have is always in use.”

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