Richmond pop-up charity shop appeals for second-hand art and books

A new pop-up charity shop in Richmond has already raised more than £2,000 — and is now in need of more donations.

The chairman of Richmondshire District Council, Councillor Clive World, officially opened the shop in King Street, Richmond, last week.

The shop is raising money for the Paul Curran Celebration Trust which raises money in Paul’s memory for young people in Richmondshire who have learning or physical disabilities.

The shop is selling recycling artwork and books.

Trustee Julie Broughton said they had seized on the chance to occupy 13 King Street when owner Peter Thompson said he would support the local charity until the shop has a new tenant.

Julie said: “Our aim this summer is to raise money so we can offer match funding to support the purchase of accessible play equipment by parish and town councils.

“We know that this is an expensive task for them and they often need to show local support when applying for grants.

“We already have some interest from councils so we will be working hard to keep up a high standard of paintings and prints so we can raise as much as possible so that play areas are accessible to all children.”

The trust has been in operation for many years but only became a registered charity in 2017.

Founder trustee Martin Curran said: “Our main aim is to give grants to children and young people who have individual or special needs’ explained 

“We only operate in Richmondshire as we know how difficult it is in this very rural area to get the help and support.”

If you have books, paintings or prints to donate or would like to volunteer in the shop please contact Linda on 07507 355526.