Lancaster and District Samaritans Shop in Lancaster to reopen after flood damage

The flooding in Damside Street last December.
The flooding in Damside Street last December.

Lancaster Samaritans’ charity shop is to reopen next week, more than eight months after it was badly damaged in the floods caused by Storm Desmond.

Lancaster MP Cat Smith will officially reopen the shop next Tuesday, August 16.

The shop, in Damside Street, is the charity’s main source of funding and, essentially, pays to keep the Samaritans branch running to takes calls and offer emotional support to people in distress.

Volunteers are now are urgently needed to allow the shop to be staffed full-time once it reopens.

Jenny Dighton, director of Lancaster and District Samaritans, said: “We’re delighted that after eight months of hard work and the support of many people, the shop will be reopening.

“It’s all completely new stock so we’d encourage everyone to come and support us after this difficult time, or to donate pre-loved good to the shop.

“In addition, if you can spare just a few hours a week to volunteer to help keep the shop open, we really need all the help we can get.”

Anyone interested in finding out more can email samaritans.lancaster@hotmail.com or drop into the informal information evening in the Sun Street centre from 6-7pm on the last Tuesday of each month.

Anyone in distress can talk to Samaritans any time they like, in their own way and off the record, about whatever is getting to them.

To contact Samaritans you can call for free on 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.org round the clock, every single day of the year.

You can also call into the branch during their opening hours at 21 Sun Street, Lancaster.