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New Norwich shop opens for children’s charity Break

12:53 24 July 2014

Colin Dowdeswell, chairman of the Friends of Families

Colin Dowdeswell, chairman of the Friends of Families' House, opens Break's new charity shop on Queen's Road, Norwich, which will fund the work of Break's Families' House. Photo by Simon Finlay.

Children’s charity Break is celebrating a boost with the opening of a new fundraising shop in Norwich.

The new shop - the 49th run by the charity - opened in Queens Road today and aims to assist the work of Break’s Families’ House which offers family support, including helping separated and separating families as well as young carers. Colin Dowdeswell, chairman of the Friends of Families’ House, performed the ribbon cutting duties to officially declare the shop open.

Angie Franklin, manager of the shop, said: “It’s a lovely bright shop. We are selling clothes, shoes, books, bric-a-brac and small pieces of furniture. We are now looking for volunteers to help in the shop as well as donations. Anyone who can help can just pop in to see me to find out more.”

Break has been helping children, young and people and families for 45 years and its strapline is “changing young lives.” As well as Families’ House, the charity also helps young people in care, children with disabilities and children considered at risk.

Last year the charity also brought the hugely successful GoGoGorillas! fundraising trail to Norwich which saw 54 ape sculptures take to the city’s streets and raised £272,300 for Break and wildlife charity Born Free Foundation.

The organising of the GoGoGorillas! sequel - GoGoDragons! - is now gathering pace with more than 60 sponsors already signed up to be involved in the 2015 trail.

• The new Break shop is at 209 Queens Road, Norwich, NR1 3AE. It is open 9am until 5pm Monday to Saturday.

People interested in volunteering or in donating clothes, shoes, books, bric-a-brac or small furniture should visit the shop or call 01603 666659.

• For more about Break and how to get involved in GoGoDragons! visit

You can also find GoGoDragons! on Facebook and follow @gogodragons2015 on Twitter.

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  • How Absolutely Thrilling!!, Before too long Norwich will consist of Betting shops, Charity Shops and Pound Shops, Of course this will improve and enhance the variety , Diversity and choice!!!.

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