A NEW charity shop has opened its doors in Weston.

On Thursday, January 18, the town's first Sense shop opened to shoppers. The shop attracted a huge amount of attention on its first day, having notched up nearly a week’s worth of sales in the first afternoon.

The shop sells everything from clothes, electrical items, books and more.

All proceeds go towards supporting children and adults with complex disabilities. This includes those who are deafblind.

The store also prides itself on bringing the local community together and tackling loneliness. Volunteers to help out at the establishment are always welcome.

More than 53 per cent of people with complex disabilities told Sense that they often or always feel lonely, in comparison to 25 per cent of the general population. 

Weston Mercury: The store sells a wide range of items.The store sells a wide range of items. (Image: Sense)

Area manager Paul Ives said: “Our new Sense shop in Weston-super-Mare store is in a great position on the High Street and we’ll be providing the local community with a fantastic offer of pre-loved treasures at fantastic value. 

“We’re also handily placed for people to donate items to us and we aim to become a valuable reuse and recycle point for the whole community to use.

“We’re delighted our new store has been so warmly welcomed by local people in Weston-super-Mare and that we’ve got off to a fantastic start sales-wise, as we’re raising funds for a vital cause. The national disability charity Sense supports people living with complex disabilities, including those who are deafblind.

“We invite everyone to come in, say ‘hello’ and have a browse – we’re looking forward to meeting you all. 

“We would also warmly welcome any help local people might like to give us as we get the new shop up and running, perhaps through making donations or by becoming a volunteer.” 

Posting on Facebook, a spokesperson from Sense said: "Sense would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who came down to our new shop opening in Weston-super-Mare to show support, and help raise the vital funds we need for those living with multiple complex disabilities and those who are deafblind.

"If you would like to donate, shop or volunteer, please pop in for a friendly chat."