A local charity shop in Newton Aycliffe is appealing for donations and volunteer help from the local community.

The YMCA store situated in the Thames Centre sells clothing, furniture, bric a brac, electrical items and books

And with demand at an all-time high, staff are now asking for more donations to help keep up with requests from local people.

All money raised by sales in the YMCA shop go towards funding support for young people in need, both locally and across England.

Wendy Teague, Shop Manager, said: “YMCA is proud to be at the heart of every community in which it works and we’re no different at our Thames Centre shop. We love being here in Newton Aycliffe and we want to support local people as best we can, as well as to show off just how great high street shopping really is.

“This is why we are asking for local people to donate any old and unwanted items to our store. All money we raise will go towards supporting young people in YMCA services and every penny really does count.

“We sell everything from Sofas to Knitting Needles. Please get in touch if you think you can help.”

In addition to appealing for donations, volunteers are also needed to help out at the shop on Monday to Saturday. No previous experience is needed.

Wendy Teague said: “Volunteers are so important to YMCA, particularly in our local shop.

“Anyone who can support us, even for just an afternoon or one day a week, will be making a huge difference to our store and the lives of the young people we support.”

If you wish to volunteer or donate items to YMCA’s store, please call 01325 321580 or pop in to speak to staff directly.