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Emmaus opens new charity shop in Sailmakers Shopping Centre, Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 07:29 02 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:24 03 May 2017

Mayor Roger Fern cuts the ribbon at the new Emmaus shop in Sailmakers. Picture: James Fletcher Photography Ltd

Mayor Roger Fern cuts the ribbon at the new Emmaus shop in Sailmakers. Picture: James Fletcher Photography Ltd

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A charity which helps Ipswich’s homeless and long-term unemployed turn their lives around has opened a new pop-up shop in the town.

Claire Staddon, Roger Fern and Gill Dibben. Picture: James Fletcher Photography LtdClaire Staddon, Roger Fern and Gill Dibben. Picture: James Fletcher Photography Ltd

Mayor of Ipswich Roger Fern cut the ribbon during the launch at Sailmakers Shopping Centre on Saturday.

“Emmaus is a wonderful charity which does so much good in the town, helping people find homes and work opportunities,” Mr Fern said.

“Having a roof over your head and a job are vitally important and Emmaus does so much to restore people’s confidence and self-belief and I’m delighted that they have found a new outlet here at Sailmakers.”

The new store will be open five days a week, Tuesday to Saturday, from 9am until 4.30pm and as well as two paid staff recruited from its group of volunteers, it will also provide work experience for the town’s jobless to boost their career prospects.

Claire Staddon, operations manager for Emmaus Ipswich, said: “We’re very pleased to have opened here at Sailmakers. The shop looks good and it’s going to be brilliant for us.

“The footfall is very good and we’re very well situated within the centre and we’re aiming for quite a boutique, vintage-style feel.”

Emmaus already has a charity shop at The Dales in Ipswich, which specialises in revamping and selling donated furniture.


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