SO, how popular are charity shops?

Very, it would seem – this one has had 30,000 customers in its first year.

Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare held a first birthday party, attended by staff, volunteers and Honorary President Morgan Williams at its shop in Vicarage Fields.

Guests included the Mayor of Hailsham, councillor Paul Holbrook.

Since opening, the shop has raised £134,000.

All the profits raised help to fund Raystede’s mission of caring for and rehoming rescue animals. 

This figure is enough to pay for three weeks of ALL Raystede’s animal care and education services.

Councillor Holbrook paid tribute to Raystede: “This is a brilliant shop run by brilliant people, and it just shows how busy Hailsham High Street is.

“And of course, it goes without saying that 30,000 customers in the first year of being here is amazing. Well done to everyone at Raystede.”

Raystede is also holding surgeries in Eastbourne during July where you can access free advice about your pets. Full details are on its website.