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Sisters open new charity shop in Prestwich

Wed 21 Jan 2015

Two committed siblings who have dedicated their lives to supporting people affected by brain injury are celebrating the launch of a new charity shop in Prestwich.

Gail Pullen, 60 and from Salford, and her older sister Lynn, 66 and from Whitefield, in Bury, were joined by a crowd of supporters for the official opening ceremony of a new Headway shop at the Longfield Centre, in Prestwich, on Tuesday 20 January.

Jo Plant, Head of Fundraising at Headway, was given the honour of cutting the ribbon at the launch and declaring the shop officially open for business.

Lynn, who has already signed up to volunteer twice a week at the charity shop, said: "Gail and I are both keen to get business up and running, and working together to make sure the shop really looks a cut above the rest has been fantastic.

"It is a very exciting time for Headway, particularly as this venture marks the 23rd charity shop to be opened by the national charity across the country. We hope this opportunity will help us raise some much-needed funds at local level for people affected by brain injury."

Gail, who has taken up the role of shop manager, said: "We would like to say a huge 'thank you' to all the generous people who have donated stock so far, as well Sarah Parish and Joanne Lisle, of Sintons Law solicitors firm, who provided free legal support and made it possible for us to secure the premises and open the new shop.

"However, we rely heavily upon the support of the public to make our shops a success. So, whether you come along bearing bags of donations or just bags of enthusiasm to volunteer with our Headway team, you will be more than welcome through our doors.

"Our youngest volunteer is 14 and our eldest is 66 - we want to stress that, no matter what your age, your support will go a long way to helping us continue to improve life after brain injury."

Anyone interested in volunteering or donating stock should visit the shop at Unit 12 Longfield Centre, Prestwich, go to the Prestwich shop page, or call Gail Pullen on 0161 773 1974 for further information.

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