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Penwortham charity shop letter causes social media outrage

Posted on - 23rd April, 2014 - 4:53pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Charities, Penwortham, People

Integrate Charity Shop

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An unidentified individual has caused an outrage on social media by attacking a local charity shop.

The sender was concerned about the potential damage caused to the authors home value by the Integrate Charity Shop on Liverpool Road in Penwortham.

Integrate Charity Shops posted the letter on their Facebook page, with the following statement: “Thanks to the anonymous sender of this letter. We would have liked a name and address to enable us to respond personally, but unfortunately the sender omitted these details.

“We are sorry if you find our shop tacky, but, with the amount of customers we have had since we opened, you are in the minority! The new shop sign is on order, and we are proud of the work we do, proud of being a part of Integrate Social Enterprises, and proud of the help and support we offer to adults with learning disabilities – and for this we won’t apologise!”

The result of said letter has been an outpouring of both support for the charity and outrage towards the anonymous sender. The charity has also received a large amount of new likes and followers on their Facebook and Twitter accounts respectively. You can follow the posts on Twitter via the the TeamIntegrate hashtag.

This isn’t the first time an attack on charities has backfired recently, with the Mail On Sunday triggering a huge increase in donations to foodbanks.

Louise Taylor, Project and Key Worker for Integrate, said: “I was initially disappointed and upset when I saw the letter knowing how much work & effort had gone into the opening and running of the new shop. It’s not just a charity shop to raise funds but provides opportunities for service users to gain valuable employability and social skills.

“The response has been very encouraging though with plenty of people vowing to visit the shop and showing their support for Integrate.”

Integrate Ltd was established in 1983 to provide supported housing for individuals with Learning Disabilities. They won a Selnet Awards in 2013 for their continuing contribution.

The shop has now added an “as seen on TV” banner to its “jeans £1.50” sign to its window, after being featured on BBC North West Tonight.

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