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Terry Waite opens charity boutique

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: October 10, 2012

Simon Tonkin with Terry Waite, patron of Emmaus in the UK, opens Sprout in Exeter Picture: Richard Austin

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A charity boutique in Devon which is hoping to raise money for the homeless by selling designer clothes was officially opened by Terry Waite at the weekend.

Sprout, a new social enterprise, is selling high-end clothing from its new premises in Exeter to raise funds for the work of Emmaus Exeter.

Mr Waite, who is president of the homelessness charity, officially opened the store in Paris Street when people had the chance to browse through its stock.

Retail manager Kay Hammond said the venture had already received significant local support.

"We have had help from the solicitors firm Tozers whose staff came to help decorate the shop and process stock to get us ready for opening day," Mrs Hammond said. "We have also got a tremendous volunteer staff."

The launch party, which was sponsored by Tozers LLP as part of their corporate social responsibility policy, was held on Saturday afternoon.

As well as accepting donations, the store also offers owners the chance to sell their designer clothes and split the profit 50/50.

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