Rugby star opens charity pound shop

Welsh International and Newport Gwent Dragons player Lee Byrne opens a new Tenovus bargain £1 charity shop on the High Street in Newport.  Pictured serving the first customer is Lee with Thelma Lloyd from Newport. (8599015)

Welsh International and Newport Gwent Dragons player Lee Byrne opens a new Tenovus bargain £1 charity shop on the High Street in Newport. Pictured serving the first customer is Lee with Thelma Lloyd from Newport. (8599015)

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RUGBY star Lee Byrne helped open a charity pound shop in Newport on Friday.

The bargain shop, raising money for Tenovus, is the newest arrival on the high street and will raise funds to support people with cancer living in the community.

Mayor of Newport Matthew Evans helped Dragons and Welsh Rugby International player Mr Byrne declare the shop officially open.

Tenovus, Wales’ largest charity retailer, has one existing shop in Newport, on Caerleon Road. The new shop will be a speciality ‘bargain shop’ which will be stocked by redirecting unsold items and offering goods for about £1.

Sophie Porfirio, retail area manager at Tenovus, said: “Our charity shops are a huge source of income for the work we do; they allow us to offer support and services to cancer patients and their families when they need us most.

“Our shops also act as a community hub on the high street for those seeking advice or those worried about cancer, meaning they can come in and speak to us in the shop and see how our services could help them or their loved ones.

“We hope that through our new shop, we’ll be able to raise more money that will help us support even more people affected by cancer in communities right across Wales, including right here in Newport.”

Tenovus said they are always looking for more volunteers to help out in their shops. To get involved with the new Tenovus shop, at 38a High Street, visit tenovus.org.uk for information.

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8:27am Tue 29 Jul 14

Bobevans says...

Just how many more charity shops does Newport need?

Given that these shops operate in competition with other retailers should not the playing field be more rather than the current unfair competition the other retailers face

Currently Charity shops get 80% business rates relief which in my view is excessive. I would make them pay 80% of the full charge. The business rate discount ends up falling on the other retailers

The other area to be changed should be pay. Currently most charity shops do not pay most of their staff. I would suggest that they have to pay at least 80% of minimum pay after all charities are quick enough to complain about poverty pay so it is not unreasonable that they pay their staff

The above would be reasonably fair to both charities and other retailers
Just how many more charity shops does Newport need? Given that these shops operate in competition with other retailers should not the playing field be more rather than the current unfair competition the other retailers face Currently Charity shops get 80% business rates relief which in my view is excessive. I would make them pay 80% of the full charge. The business rate discount ends up falling on the other retailers The other area to be changed should be pay. Currently most charity shops do not pay most of their staff. I would suggest that they have to pay at least 80% of minimum pay after all charities are quick enough to complain about poverty pay so it is not unreasonable that they pay their staff The above would be reasonably fair to both charities and other retailers Bobevans
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