Mayor Does the Honours at Scope Shop Opening in Fulham

Fully accessible branch offers brand-new items and pre-loved donations

Left to right: Karol Zur, Shop Manager, Scope Fulham, Mayor of Hammersmith and Fulham, Cllr Patricia Quigley, Sir Robin Millar, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Scope
Left to right: Karol Zur, Shop Manager, Scope Fulham, Mayor of Hammersmith and Fulham, Cllr Patricia Quigley, Sir Robin Millar, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Scope

May 13, 2024

Disability equality charity Scope officially opened its new shop in Fulham this Thursday (9 May), with Mayor of Hammersmith and Fulham, Cllr Patricia Quigley, cutting the ribbon.

The shop offers vintage and retro clothing and Selected by Scope, a range of brand-new items from leading high street labels. There are also pre-loved donations and gifts from the charity’s Disabled Artists Collection.

Scope is making all their new shops accessible for customers, colleagues and volunteers. At North End Road there’s step free access and wide aisles for wheelchair users. The changing room has safety rails and a seat for people with mobility issues and there’s a lowered till area.

The shop aims for a relaxed atmosphere with vintage, industrial look, fixtures with white exposed brick walls. There’s a Community Corner with comfortable chairs and a chalk board to invite customers to share their views on disability equality.

Cllr Quigley, said, “I was extremely honoured to officially open the new Scope charity shop in North End Road. This shop gives all our community a new, exciting and accessible environment to shop in whilst raising vital funds for the charity.

“Charity shops, like the stunning new Scope shop, are great places to shop for fabulous bargains whilst also help families with their budgets. They also bring a great buzz to our streets and I believe they’ve never been needed more than now, during this cost of living crisis.

“I know how important they are for the community, offering employment and volunteering opportunities, where people can learn new skills or simply get out of the house for a few hours and make new friends.

“I would encourage anyone who is looking for a bargain or is able to volunteer some time, to visit Scope and help to make a difference to the lives of disabled people.”

Ruth Blazye, Executive Director, Retail and Communities at disability equality charity Scope, added, “We were extremely proud the Mayor of Hammersmith and Fulham, Cllr Patricia Quigley opened our new shop in North End Road. We think this is a fantastic location in a vibrant community and we can’t wait to serve our new customers.

“I hope they enjoy the accessibility of this shop. Our new look interior really gives a relaxing feel, there’s even a comfortable seat in our Community Corner for people to sit down if they need a break from shopping. They’ll find our rails are full of stylish, vintage and brand new high street ranges, quality, pre-loved outfits at affordable prices.

“But, without support from our amazing volunteers we couldn’t run our shops. If you have a few hours to spare and want to get out of the house, are looking to enhance your CV or need to complete your Duke of Edinburgh award, volunteering offers so many incredible opportunities, at hours suitable to you and we’d love you to come in for a chat.

“We’d also love you to drop off your pre-loved donations you no longer want. We’ll ensure they go to a new home to be loved once again. Every donation helps us to raise vital funds for Scope to support disabled people and their families. The charity’s services have never been needed more than during the cost-of-living crisis.”

Scope charity shop research finds the cost-of-living crisis is prompting more people to shop in charity shops, with many coming through the doors for the first time. With inflation and heiger energy prices it means many people have less money in their pocket for clothes and homewares and as a result are discovering the value, variety and sense of community found in charity shops.

Scope is at 421 North End Road, Fulham, SW6 1NY.

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