MP reopens popular charity store

A POPULAR charity store celebrated a revamp with a special VIP re-opening ceremony.

Reading West MP Alok Sharma visited Christian Community Action’s store on Oxford Road, Reading to officially declare the refreshed shop open. The store had been given a new look thanks to the help of willing volunteers, decorating, installing new units and revamping the layout. CCA offers affordable clothing, bedding, books, toys, household goods and other items to shoppers. It also helps local people in need by offering a listening and signposting service at five support centres across Reading.Christian Community Action started in 1992 with a desire to reach out to those on the margins of society.Alok said: “The Christian and faith-based groups across Reading, like CCA, do a fantastic job supporting the vulnerable and those in need irrespective of their creed or beliefs, and are a real backbone of civic society in our town.”

Mireille Haviland, Community Relationship Manager at CCA said: “It meant a lot to us that Alok came to celebrate this event with us.”

Picture: Alok Sharma MP (centre) cuts the ribbon to the new CCA store watched by (from left) John Turner, CCA Operations Manager, Annmarie Paterson CCA Managing Director, Mark Hill Oxford Rd Shop Manager and Mireille Haviland Community Relationship Manager