Volunteering service to close its shop doors in Southsea

Staff Andrea Pledge, Ellie Hardy, Susan Hazzard and Mary Ramsay celebrating 21 years in Cosham. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Cosham charity shop celebrates 21 years trading

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A YOUTH volunteering service is to close its shop after five years.

Made with Hartt in Elm Grove, Southsea, is the largest project ever run by Community Fusion.

It sold items that had been upcycled, recycled and crafted to raise money for the charity.

Made with Hartt was set up in 2013 with a team of volunteers and the backing of Cascades Shopping Centre and Healthy Planet.

It was a successful project, winning nominations and an award.

More than 60 volunteers have been a part of the project with over 90 per cent of those who have taken part moving on to paid work or education.

Jenna Boyson, CEO and joint founder, said the closure was due to a lack of funding and rising running costs.

She added: ‘I would like to thank all those who have sponsored, supported and shopped with us.

‘Also huge thanks goes out to all those who have stocked their work with us and have volunteered their time. I hope we’ve inspired, encouraged and created new opportunities for our community.’

There will be drinks and a toast when the shop closes at 6pm on Friday.

Ms Boyson said: ‘We’d very much like the community to come along for a farewell.’