Beloved charity shop Helping Hands in Tadley announces permanent closure
A beloved charity shop in Tadley has announced its permanent closure.
Nearly two months ago, Helping Hands in Tadley closed “due to unforeseen circumstances”, but it was hoped that this would only be a temporary state of affairs.
However, Helping Hands announced on its Facebook page last Thursday (November 30) that it would be closed permanently.
The social media post stated: “It is with a heavy heart and deepest sadness that our beloved charity is now closed.
“The shop has given an amazing service to the community of Tadley for the last 16 years.
“Thank you to all of those who have supported the shop, in every different way, from trustees, paid staff, volunteers and of course all the lovely local customers and those who come from far and wide.
“A very sad day for the whole community.”
The community shop, which was located at 66 Franklin Avenue, opened in 2007 and has supported local clubs, groups and charitable organisations through selling donated items such as clothes, books, household items and more.
Since it opened 16 years ago, Helping Hands donated £112,448.99 to charitable causes in Tadley and the surrounding area.
The social media post announcing the permanent closure sparked an outpouring of sadness and gratitude from Tadley residents.
Tadley Town Council chair Avril Burdett said: “On behalf of Tadley can I thank everyone who has worked, volunteered, shopped and steered Helping Hands.
“It has been sadly missed over the last few months and is a community asset that will continue to be missed for a long time to come.”
Anne Hutchison said: “A real loss to the community.
“Everyone who has ever been involved with Helping Hands over the years deserves a massive thank you for everything you’ve done for us over the years.
“I just hope something similar can replace it that will be able to serve the community in a really positive way. Thank you everyone.”
Several regular customers shared their stories involving the shop on social media.
Michelle Jayne Searle commented: “This is extremely upsetting.
“During a desperate time in my life I visited this beautiful shop and was made to feel welcome. The ladies helped me with finding myself again.”
Former Tadley and Pamber Conservative borough councillor Kerri Carruthers said: “This is so sad to hear.
“I have many happy memories of walking my children to Helping Hands in the school holidays to pick a book or a toy or to drop off things they no longer used.
“Such a wonderful charity that donated to so many local causes. It will be sadly missed.”