Last month Newry and Mourne Chair Cllr Cathy Mason visited her local Vincent’s in Newcastle in celebration of Second Hand September.
Vincent’s Newcastle is one of 33 St Vincent de Paul shops across the country which provides new and lightly worn clothing at affordable prices, as well as providing an income for the Society which is used to support those in need in the local community.
Speaking about the visit by the Chair of Newry and Mourne District Council, Brendan McKernan, Chair of SVP Retail Committee, said: “We were delighted to welcome the Chair of Newry and Mourne District Council to Vincent’s Newcastle to see firsthand the valuable work of our shop in serving the local community.
“We were grateful that Cllr Mason took time from her busy schedule to meet with our shop staff and volunteers who worked tirelessly to bring Vincent’s back to life safely after lockdown.
“During Second Hand September we urged people to dig deep into their wardrobes and donate their unwanted clothing, as well as visiting their local Vincent’s to browse the treasures in store and it was a terrific success.”
There are 33 Vincent’s shops in Northern Ireland and a total of 227 in Republic of Ireland, making it the largest charity retailer on the island. The profits generated from the charity shops are recycled into local Conferences to support those in need.
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