Find hid­den gems – use char­ity shop

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

An Ash­ford char­ity shop is invit­ing peo­ple to drop in and find a fash­ion gem on its rails.

The PDSA store in New Rents is tak­ing part in the vet char­ity’s #DogWalk2CatWalk cam­paign, which helps you get your fash­ion fixes, while help­ing save poorly pets.

PDSA re­search re­veals that nearly a third of UK adults be­lieve char­ity shops are a great place to pick up ‘hid­den gems’ such as retro cloth­ing, shoes and ac­ces­sories.

An­nie Camp­bell, PDSA Kent area man­ager, said: “Many peo­ple are un­aware of the amaz­ing clothes and ac­ces­sories you can snap up from a char­ity shop, of­ten for a lot cheaper than on the high street. A lot of our cus­tomers en­joy cre­at­ing their own in­di­vid­ual look.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the cur­rent cam­paign visit www. An Ash­ford-based char­ity has se­cured £3,500 af­ter vol­un­teers took part in the Three Peaks Chal­lenge and Great North Run.

Led by Sean Kearns, the chief ex­ec­u­tive of CXK, the Three Peaks Chal­lenge team set out for Ben Ne­vis in Scot­land on the af­ter­noon of Septem­ber 12 and reached the sum­mit by early evening.

They then set out for Scafell Pike in Cum­bria and hit the peak at 8am. Fi­nally, they con­quered Mount Snow­don in Wales with the whole chal­lenge end­ing late on the Sun­day evening.

Mr Kearns, a for­mer Lon­don Ir­ish rugby player, has taken part in a num­ber of pre­vi­ous char­ity chal­lenges in­clud­ing walk­ing the Pen­nine Way twice; com­plet­ing five wheel­chair marathons where you run push­ing a wheel­chair; the Lake Dis­trict 24 Peaks in 24 hours and a paras­cend­ing event.

He has also com­pleted 5km and 10km races, as well as an ori­en­teer­ing team chal­lenge with Olympic medal­lists Roger Black and Todd Ben­nett and Ir­ish rugby in­ter­na­tional Mike Gib­son.

Along­side him for this chal­lenge was Robin Mayes, a pho­to­jour­nal­ist, and his brother Richard Mayes.

Mr Kearns said “The Three Peaks Chal­lenge has al­ways been a per­sonal am­bi­tion of mine. We ex­pe­ri­enced all weath­ers as we climbed but we were de­ter­mined to com­plete it.”

At the same time, Beth Raby – a mem­ber of CXK’s HR depart­ment – was also un­der­tak­ing her own chal­lenge by run­ning the Great North Run for the third time.

She has also un­der­taken nu­mer­ous char­ity events in­clud­ing eight marathons, three half-marathons and a swim across the English Chan­nel.

CXK, which has a base in Tufton Street, is a char­ity that helps young peo­ple and adults to de­velop their skills, raise their as­pi­ra­tions and max­imise their po­ten­tial.

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