CUSTOMERS of a charity shop were in tears when they heard it had to close.
All for Love and Love for All (Alala) in Baker Street, Brighton, is due to close after ten years after struggling with the effects of the pandemic.
Christine Le Nahedic, Trustee Founder of the charity, said: “It is very emotional for both us and our customers to close our little shop.
“After the pandemic, our business didn’t generate enough sales to keep it open.
“We have created a small center of comfort and love for the people in our community. People drop by for a chat or a laugh, we give to the homeless and we never ask the elderly to pay for clothing or items if they cannot afford it.
“I didn’t realize how much our business means to the community. So many people have come out lately to share their sadness at the store closure and some of them have even shed tears.”
Over the past few decades, the charity has distributed over 5,000 meals to children living in the poorest communities in parts of Africa and installed nine water wells to bring clean water to over 300,000 people.
Christine has been thinking about how she can keep raising money to fund her “love mission”.
She said: “If 300 people could just give £1 a month, we could feed 500 children in Africa for a month or fund a water well after raising £1,300.
“This little shop is all I’ve had for many years and I’ve done my best so any additional support is now gratefully received and received.”
Alala will close its doors forever on the last day of August.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20616531.brighton-charity-shop-close-doors-end-month/?ref=rss Brighton charity shop to close at the end of the month