A new charity shop opened today on the site in Croydon High Street which was formerly occupied for more than fifty years by Millets,  which was originally an Army surplus store. It is highly appropriate therefore that the new occupants are the charity Forces Support, who are dedicated to helping and supporting former service personnel and their families. It is not generally realised or appreciated that very many of the homeless on the streets of our major cities and families currently enduring considerable hardship are actually heroes that have served our country, and on their return to civilian life have found it very difficult to adjust to conventional lifestyle.

This is where Forces Support, who were the winners of the Queens Award For Enterprise Innovation 2016 are providing essential support.

Founded by father and son Bill and Billy McCance from Portsmouth, they have national support teams supporting the families of our Fallen Heroes throughout the UK. They carry out general maintenance in the home and garden and create remembrance areas. children’s play areas, and carry out the everyday tasks which families struggle with after the loss of a loved one. To fund their work they have 22 shops nationwide and are looking to open a further 100 shops in the next 3 years.

Forces Support are also very proud of their research campaign where they have has two papers published, one in an International Journal which can be found on their website:- www.forcessupport.org.uk

Volunteers are are urgently required for their stores, so if you have a few hours to spare to support their cause give them a call on 07484 922289 or pop into the store in Croydon High Street.