THE Lord Mayor, Councillor Ann Taylor, opened Strode Park’s new charity shop last Thursday in Bank Street, Herne Bay. The audience at the event included Strode Park’s chairmanm chief executive, staff, service users and volunteers. Strode Park Foundation has had a charity shop in Herne Bay for many years, formerly located in William Street. Although the shop was very well-supported it didn’t offer full wheelchair access for people with disabilities. When the lease came to an end the foundation sought alternative premises.
The new shop at 17.19 Bank Street is fully accessible, meaning the foundation can offer work experience to young adults with disabilities. They will work alongside the team of dedicated volunteers who give their time to help funds for the charity. Aaron Clark, Stacey Webb and Chelsea McGonigle, students of Strode Park’s Lifestyle Academy for Independence, attended the event and will work in the shop. They also had the duty of thanking the Lord Mayor for performing the opening ceremony.
Herne Bay Gazette, November 19th 2014