The Sue Ryder Foundation’s charity shop on Kieran Street in the city launched its new look on Friday afternoon with a reception for staff, volunteers and friends, including some from neighbouring businesses.
The back of the shop been extended, and new lighting, fittings and floors were put in. The stock has also been upgraded, all with the aim of giving the shop a comfortable and welcoming feel.
“We are very proud of this shop, and the association we have had with Kilkenny over many years,” said Sue Ryder shops director Gabriel Foley. “We are part of the community in Kilkenny and the backbone of the shop is the volunteers. Their work is very much appreciated.”
Proceeds from the Sue Ryder shops go to support the foundation’s housing for the elderly, subsidising the 175 per week that residents pay for their own apartment, one meal per day and a nurse on duty full-time. Their homes include residences in Portlaoise, Carlow, Nenagh and Dublin.
Kilkenny store manager Margaret Egan reminded members of the public of the importance of donating clothes, books, shoes and other such items to the charity shops, which are increasingly popular as people reduce their personal spending in the recession.
She urged people to support charity shops rather than leaving clothes in bags with the stickers that are dropped through people’s letterboxes, which are not necessarily legitimate charities.
After performing the ribbon-cutting for the refurbished shop, Mayor David Fitzgerald wished them well for the future and paid tribute to those who give their time to make such charity shops viable.
“In the times we are in, people are going to be the resource that we have to call on,” he said. With the country “bust” and the banks likewise, “the only thing we have left are ourselves,” he said. “Some of us, like the volunteers here, are using their social capital,” including their time and expertise, the mayor said. “Keep doing what you are doing and together we will all get through these difficult times.”