Two new charity shops in Portsmouth will boost coffers for shelter

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TWO new charity shops will be opening soon to raise money for an animal shelter.

The Stubbington Ark animal shelter, in Fareham, will be opening two charity shops – in Southsea and Fratton – to help raise funds.

The opening date of the shops is still being confirmed but Paul Long-Collins, the RSPCA Solent Branch Manager, said he hopes they will be opening soon.

He said: ‘We are hoping within the next four to six weeks we should get the leases sorted and be able to get the two new shops open by the next quarter.’

The opening of the two shops comes at a vital time for the animal shelter which cares for all types of animals.

Mr Long-Collins, 51, from Fareham, said: ‘We have operated at a deficit for the last few years, there has been anywhere between a £250,000 and £400,000 difference between our income and outgoings. Hopefully by opening more shops we will be able to shrink that deficit.

‘As an income stream they are critical.’

The shops will be looking for good quality donations to fill the shelves such as womens, mens and childrens clothing, CDs and toys.

Mr Long-Collins explained: ‘Obviously all the profits from the shop go to the Ark, 100 per cent of what we gain from the products benefits the organisation.’

If you would like to give to the charity, donations can be taken to the Stubbington Ark in Ranvilles Lane, Fareham or the Stubbington Ark charity shop in West Street, Fareham.