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Mellissa reopens arson-hit shop

Published on: 08 May 2017

A CHARITY shop that lost nearly £40,000 of income after arsonists forced its closure is now open again.

CLIC Sargent in Straits Parade, Fishponds, had been shut since the fire in November but opened its doors once again for business on April 22.

The ribbon was cut at the opening ceremony by volunteer Mellissa Nunn, who has supported the shop after she was successfully treated for leukaemia at the age of 17.

Mellissa, 23, who started volunteering in 2013, said: “I wanted to give something back. I’ve seen and felt the impact of the work CLIC Sargent do, I wanted to repay the favour. 

“Volunteering has made me more confident, it feels like I’m part of another family; we are all there for the same reason. All the volunteers feel a part of the shop so the fire felt like a real personal loss." 

Mellissa was joined at the reopening event by Jason Webster, head of trading at CLIC Sargent, as well as other shop workers and customers.

The closure, after a burglary and fire on November 12, meant an estimated £36,700 loss of income for the charity. An appeal has since raised over £1,000. 

Jason Webster said: “The fire appeal is a great example of real community spirit here in Bristol. It’s fantastic to see how everyone rallied together to support the shop and our charity in our time of need."

CLIC Sargent supported 619 families in the South West last year. To donate to the appeal go to: www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/clicsargent/fishponds-arson-attack or text ‘SHOP67 £5’ to 70070

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