SHEFFIELD VIPs gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of a new gift shop with a difference.
The shop at the St Wilfrid’s Centre for the vulnerable and homeless on Queen’s Road, sells products made entirely by the clients.
Centre director Kevin Bradley said items such as football clocks, coasters and glasses, were created in the charity’s workshop to generate an income for the organisation, give the clients new skills and boost their self- esteem.
The charity also has contracts with Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday to produce clocks which are sold in their souvenir stores.
Among those at the launch of the new shop were the Lord and Lady Mayoress of Sheffield, Coun Alan Law and Nicola Ashton, football referee Uriah Rennie, Sylvia Dooley, widow of former Sheffield United stalwart Derek Dooley and city councillors from all political parties.
Mr Bradley said: “It was a great day and more than 100 people turned up.”
The gift shop is open from Tuesday to Thursday, 10am until 3.30pm.