A POVERTY-fighting local charity was given centre stage at the opening of a new bargain store at Junction One Retail Park.
Representatives of Hope4, which runs the town’s homeless shelter, were invited to open the new B&M Bargains store alongside Mayor Sally Bragg.
Staff at the store – which has created over 50 new jobs – nominated Hope 4 as a local charity which deserved some VIP treatment in recognition of its community work.
Hope4 also received £250 worth of B&M vouchers as a thank you for taking part.
Store manager Paul Harris said: “We’re feeling really positive about the creation of new jobs for local people and feedback from customers has been great so far.
“A big thank you to Hope4 who helped us open the store. We hope that our donation can help them continue the outstanding work they do for the homeless and less fortunate in the local community.”
Hope4 aims to relieve poverty among the homeless and badly-housed people in Rugby. It runs the Hope Centre, where those who have been referred to the charity have access to professional help and are provided with hot food and drinks. In the winter the charity runs a Winter Shelter where rough sleepers are given food and a place to sleep.