MP Jonathan Reynolds has welcomed the addition of the latest store to Hyde town centre, where the profits will be poured back into the community.
The Helping Hands shop, on Market Street, in Hyde, has been set up by the Hyde and Denton Methodist Churches.
It sells a wide array of new and pre-owned goods that have been donated by church-goers and supporters.
The profits from the venture will be used to support the existing range of events and projects supported by the churches.
These include: mums and tots clubs, youth clubs, uniformed organisations and luncheon clubs – as well as clubs such as art, crafts and card-making groups.
Stalybridge and Hyde MP Mr Reynolds said: “This is a really exciting venture that will have an impact not only on the town centre, but also on the many community projects that will benefit from the profits.
“The network of Methodist churches is making a real difference to their communities, providing vital opportunities for the young, the old and the vulnerable.
“In the current economic climate their services are as vital as ever, but funds are inevitably harder to come by.
“The launch of this shop is an innovative way of raising funds for the churches’ work – and I wish them all the best for the future.”
The six churches that make up Hyde and Denton Methodist churches network are Hyde Central, Denton, Gee Cross, Haughton Green, Aspinall and Rosemount Trinity Methodist churches.
The shop opened for the first time at the weekend, when it was visited by MPs Jonathan Reynolds and Andrew Gwynne.
It will be open every week on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturdays, between the hours of 10am and 4pm. It will be staffed by volunteers and all the profits will be used to fund community projects run by the churches.
Published 31 January, 2013