Charity shops re-open for business

11 June 2020

The WESC Foundation charity shops in Heavitree, St Thomas, Honiton and Sidmouth are now open (correct 4th July 2020)

WESC Foundation’s charity shops in the Heavitree and St Thomas areas of Exeter will re-open for trading this coming Monday 15th June 2020.

The stores are part of WESC Foundation’s social enterprise and support children and young adults with complex needs including visual impairment. They have been closed since the start of the nationwide lockdown in March this year.

Mark Vandenberg is the Social Enterprise Support Manager for WESC Foundation, and looks after the five charity shops and online eBay store. He said:

“We are excited to be able to open our doors to our customers, and have been working on different ways to keep everyone safe when they are in our shops.

“This does mean asking people to observe social distancing, limiting the number of people who can shop at any one time, and staying away if you have symptoms of COVID-19.

Maureen Biss, WESC Foundation’s Director of HR and Enterprise, said:

“The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our commercial and fundraising activities at a time when we were meant to be carrying out a substantial refurbishment of accommodation for students with complex needs.

“We are gradually re-opening our charity shops as part of wider fundraising drive to enable us to continue to adapt our specialist facilities to the changing needs of the young people at WESC Foundation.”

Details of opening times

St Thomas Shop

The WESC Foundation Shop in St Thomas is on Cowick Street and will be open 11am until 4pm daily (except Thursday and Sunday when the shop is closed).

Heavitree Shop

The WESC Foundation Shop in Heavitree is on Fore Street and will be open 10.30am until 4pm daily (except Wednesday and Sunday when the shop is closed).

Donations of clothes, shoes or other bagged items can also be put in the donation bin at WESC Foundation’s main campus on Topsham Road in Exeter (EX2 6HA)

WESC Foundation hopes to announce plans for its other charity shops in Sidmouth, Honiton and Exeter (Sidwell Street) in the near future.

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