Customers and volunteers at a Sheffield charity shop have voiced disappointment that the store will close its doors for the final time today.
The Age UK shop on Fulwood Road, Broomhill, has been a part of the community for more than 25 years, but charity chiefs have now called time on the store, which they say ‘has not been profitable’.
Andrew Reardon, who often visits the shop and volunteered there for six months, said the store is highly valued by volunteers and customers, particularly elderly residents.
“There are many volunteers and customers of the shop very angry that a huge charity, Age UK, has taken the decision to close this much loved shop and community resource,” said Andrew, aged 53, from Crookes.
“It is ironic that Age UK currently has a very affecting TV advertisement running asking us to donate money so that the charity can help combat loneliness and isolation amongst older people, and yet at the same time it is closing a shop and community resource that alleviates loneliness and isolation for many local older people, who either work as volunteers or use the shop as customers.”
Andrew said he and a number of volunteers had written to the charity asking them to reconsider but had not received responses.
Hugh Forde, director of retail, trading and training at Age UK, confirmed the shop’s closure and said: “As a matter of due diligence we review each of our shops every 12 months to see how they are performing.
“The Broomhill shop has therefore been reluctantly closed because it has not been profitable to the charity, despite the best efforts of staff and volunteers.”
Age UK thanked staff, volunteers and the community for their support.