New charity shop nearly ready

FINAL preparations are under way for the opening of a new charity shop in Ellon.

The North East Wildlife and Animal Rescue Centre (known as the New Arc) is behind the venture. The shop at 42 Bridge Street will open for business on Monday (June 18). Funds raised will be used by the charity to help with the upkeep of the rescue centre near Ellon.

Christopher Parkes, volunteer shop manager, said a recent appeal for volunteers and donations had met with an amazing response.

The shop was indundate with DVD’s, CD’s, bric-a-brac, kitchenware, ornaments, unwanted gifts, small items of furniture and small electrical items in good working order.

Christopher said: “It’s been absolutely super. We heard from 37 volunteers and we would like around 40, so we still have a few shifts.

“It’s been a bit hectic but we are getting the shop into shape for Monday’s opening.”

The rescue centre’s owners are Keith Marley and Pauline Martin.

Pauline said: “There has been a tremendous response from people with donations of goods. The quality is very good and people have been very generous. We are really looking forward to Monday’s opening.”

The charity shop will be open from 9am until 4pm Monday to Saturday.

The New Arc was established in 2006. The centre is on a 10-acre site with facilities for a range of animals from horses to guinea pigs, buzzards to foxes.

It is entirely funded by donations, sponsors and membership.