1:58pm Friday 27th September 2013
TWO charity shops in Halesowen are set to switch allegiance and start raising cash for Dudley’s Russells Hall Hospital children’s ward.
The founder of the two Sunbeams charity shops Katie Bennett is looking for a new name for the Queensway and High Street shops to reflect the new cause.
Miss Bennett said: “We have had a few good years raising money for Sunbeams but I thought it was time to be more ambitious and raise money for local children as people can identify with that a lot easier.
“Our aim is to raise funds to care for the needs of the children in Russells Hall Hospital, we will be supporting the maternity unit, neo-natal unit, outpatients and the emergency department.
“We are really looking forward to supporting our local hospital and would like to thank Karen Phillips at Russells Hall who has given us the opportunity to raise money for such a great cause.”
Miss Bennett is also hoping to create a sensory area which will include fibre optic lights, bubble tubes, massage chairs, music therapy, a tactile wall, aromatherapy and a hydro pool.
She said: “We want to provide therapy and relaxation for people suffering with ailments, illnesses, mental health problems, learning difficulties, stress as well as the deaf and blind and people who just need time out to relax in a lovely environment.”
As well as ideas for a new name Miss Bennett is hoping to recruit more volunteers for her operation.
She said: “I am constantly looking for reliable and positive thinking volunteers to help us move forward and upwards and all donations are gratefully received however small and of course anything we can sell in our shops.”
Miss Bennett opened her first Sunbeams charity shop in 2009 selling clothes, costumes, games, books and then after its continued success opened a furniture store.
Sunbeams is a Liverpool based charity which helps autistic children and sufferers of Parkinsons and Alzheimer's through music and sensory therapy.
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