Britain’s oldest charity shop, or at least self-proclaimed oldest charity shop, belonging to the SSAFA charity, has closed its doors in Poole after serving the community for over 80 years.
The charity shop, which has records dating back to 1942, was located on the High Street in Poole and was forced to shut down due to rising costs. Despite efforts to keep the store open, the charity was unable to sustain the operation.
The SSAFA charity has supported military personnel and their families for nearly one hundred and forty years since its inception in 1885.
The shop’s closure has understandably been met with disappointment from local residents and loyal customers who have been shopping at the store for years. Many have expressed their gratitude for the services provided by SSAFA and the important work the charity continues to undertake.
The closure of the Poole shop does not mean the end of SSAFA’s work in the area. The charity will continue to support the military community through its other services, including its national helpline and online support.
SSAFA says it remains committed to its mission of providing lifelong support to the military community and their families. The charity relies on the support of volunteers and donors to continue its vital work and encourages anyone who wants to get involved to contact their local branch or visit the SSAFA website.