Romford charity shop is beating the recession

BUSINESS is booming at a Romford shop – and all the profits are going to help save lives.

The new British Heart Foundation shop, in Market Place, says its electrical items are flying off the shelves and helping them beat the recession.

Workers added that people are surprised the money is going to charity despite looking like a regular shop.

It has now been open almost a month and sells all kinds of electrical items including televisions, Hi-Fis, Ipod decks, washing machines, fridges and dishwashers.

They also have a range of furniture including suites, sofas, chairs, dining sets, beds and wardrobes.

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It has become an ideal hunting ground for old and young shoppers alike.

Assistant manager Simon North said: “We have been amazed by the response we have had. Everyone has really supported us really well in the area.

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“We have had a mix of people coming into the shop to have a look around.

“You don’t usually get electrical items in a charity shop so people are surprised when we say all the profits go to charity.”

He said their best bargain was probably a television for ₤10. While a dining table and four chairs was on sale for ₤175, and a sofa was priced at ₤125.

He added that the success of the shop has been down to the donations from locals and said they have been inundated daily with requests for collections.

Ruth Sheed, BHF area manager, said: “We are delighted that a month on the Romford store has made its mark in the local community.

“When you consider that selling two sofas can provide a heart patient with a hand held ECG machine so that they can monitor their heart at home, it really puts things into perspective how much this store is helping those in need.”

To arrange a free collection call the store on 0844 248 9177 or go online at

All donated mattresses and beds should have fire labels, and all electrical items are tested in store.

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