A new Sussex Central YMCA Home Store has re-opened in Mile Oak. The Chalkpit Home Store opened its doors to the public on Saturday 13th October. The YMCA Home Store sells upcycled, recycled and antique furniture, a large selection of electrical items as well as second hand bicycles.
At the opening event on Saturday The Mayor of Brighton & Hove Bill Randal cut a ribbon to officially open The Chalkpit Home Store. A large number of local people attended the launch event. People showed great interest in the French style Flea Market buying bric a brac, collectables and antiques. Sussex Central YMCA also sold a good number of furniture and electrical items. The second hand bikes were a hit even with the cycling season almost over. A local mum who bought a bike for her daughter said: “This bike is in great condition. You can see it has new tyres and the brakes are really good. My daughter likes it and I like the price. And it’s nice to know that the money I pay for it will go directly to charity”.
Sussex Central YMCA CEO David Standing said: “We were delighted at the response to the opening event for our new charity Home Store at The Chalkpit. It was a great atmosphere and those who came were amazed at the range of stock we sell with the French style flea market being a particular draw”.
The Home Store made almost £2000 just on the opening day. All the money made at the launch event and in the future will be used to support Sussex Central YMCA’s work with homeless, disadvantaged or disengaged young people. As part of Sussex Central YMCA’s apprentice scheme, a number of previously unemployed young people are being trained and employed at The Chalkpit Home Store.
Sussex Central YMCA is committed to making the most out of all donations. All donated items are tested and repaired by qualified staff. Electrical items that can’t be repaired are recycled as scrap metal thus reducing landfill waste and generating more income for the charity.
Sussex Central YMCA Chalkpit Home Store relies on donations. The charity is appealing for donations of furniture, bric a brac, scrap metal, electrical items, sofas (with fire labels), bikes, clothes and rugs. Items that are in sellable condition can be dropped off at The Chalkpit Home Store, Mon – Sat, 9am – 5pm. A collection can be arranged for larger items by calling 01273 885505.