Local MP visits Mind’s newest charity shop in Knaresborough.

On Friday 11 November, the mental health charity Mind welcomed Harrogate & Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones into their newest shop on Market Street in Knaresborough.

Andrew spent the morning meeting staff and volunteers and finding out more about how they are serving the local community. He also spoke with the shop manager and regional manager about the importance of good mental health services.

Mind’s shop in Knaresborough opened on Wednesday 21 September 2022 and has been popular amongst locals. The shop, located on the bustling high street at 1 Market Place, Knaresborough HG5 8AL, offers everything from stylish clothing and vintage must-haves to bric-a-brac bargains. The shop is full of one-of-a-kind items providing a unique shopping experience for all who visit. Donations and sales made at the Knaresborough shop will go to help support the one in four of us who experience a mental health problem every year. Mind’s shops have been on the high street for over 60 years and rely on over 3,000 volunteers and 450 dedicated staff across England and Wales to keep running.

Mind welcomes residents to donate pre-loved items and encourages shoppers searching for affordable fashion or gifts for loved ones. All the shop’s profit goes to support Mind helping the charity deliver support in local communities via its network of local Minds or to fund vital advice and support services such as the Mind Infoline.

Andrew Jones, MP for Harrogate & Knaresborough, said:

“I was thrilled to visit Mind’s new shop in Knaresborough which opened to the public at the end of September. I had a chance to meet the wonderful team of staff and volunteers who show such passion for the work they do in this community. The shop is full of great items and would recommend locals head down to the shop to find some good bargains.

“I understand how important these shops are in raising funds for such a worthy cause that is bringing awareness to mental health and providing support to those with a mental health problem. We welcome Mind to the Knaresborough area and wish this shop every success.”

Teresa Utley, Regional Manager at Mind, said:

“We were so excited to welcome Andrew into the shop and share all the great work we have been doing since we opened. We have a wonderful team of staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to provide a great experience for every person that walks through our doors.

“We want to thank the local community for their ongoing support of our shop in Knaresborough. Their support helps us to raise vital funds for Mind’s work such as the Infoline, information and advice services, and the campaigning Mind does to support the one in four of us who experience a mental health problem every year.

“There are very easy ways that everybody can get involved such as donating quality items, volunteering in the shop, or simply shopping at the store. I would urge locals to visit the shop or get in touch to find out more about how they can support us.”

Mind is asking locals to support the new shop in three ways:

  • Drop in and donate: Each bag of donations, however small, could make a big difference. Knaresborough Mind shop is pleased to accept clothing, accessories, books, records, DVDs, CDs, homeware, linens and children’s games and toys. To find out more about making donations, visit: mind.org.uk/supportyourshop
  • Pick up a bargain: Mind shops add new items of stock to the shelves every day, so no two shopping experiences are the same. Pop into Knaresborough Mind shop regularly to be the first to see the latest bargains and thrift for unique treasures.
  • Lend a hand: Volunteering doesn’t need to be a big time-consuming commitment – even just an hour a week could make a huge difference. It’s a great way to make new friends, build confidence and can also be a route back into work. To find out more about volunteering visit: mind.org.uk/supportyourshop

You can also make a further contribution to Mind’s work by filling in a Gift Aid form potentially allowing the charity to claim 25 per cent of the sale price of the donations from the Government in Gift Aid.