Garvagh charity shop run by Rachel McCormick brings in £100,000 to help reduce poverty overseas

A charity shop near Coleraine has raised an incredible £100,000 to support Christian Aid in its work to tackle extreme poverty overseas.

The money has been raised over the past six years by ‘The Changing Room’ charity shop on Main Street in Garvagh which first opened its doors in 2016. The shop is run by local woman Rachel McCormick and her team of 15 volunteers.

Rachel said: “We chose the name ‘The Changing Room’ because we know how Christian Aid’s work can transform the lives of people experiencing extreme poverty.”

Christian Aid works to help end poverty, injustice, inequality and violence in some of the poorest countries across the world. This Christmas, Christian Aid is raising awareness of the difficulties facing farmers in northern Malawi where many rural families survive on around $1 a day. A Christian Aid-funded project in the north of the country is helping farmers to irrigate their fields and grow more food. The bigger harvests have boosted the farmers’ incomes, meaning that they can now pay school fees to send their children to school.

Among the more unusual items donated to the shop recently was a collection of more than 50 ceramic watering cans. Rachel said: “It’s nice to think that the sale of these little ornamental watering cans could play a part in helping poor farmers in Malawi to irrigate their fields.”

Speaking at an event to celebrate the shop’s achievement, the charity’s Chief Executive

Rosamond Bennett said: “In the six years since the shop opened, Rachel and the other volunteers have given thousands of hours of their time without payment to sort goods and sell them. We are immensely grateful to all of them for the generous gift of their time. We are also grateful to everyone in the local community for supporting the shop with their donations and purchases.”


Christian Aid’s Garvagh charity shop, The Changing Room, is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9.30 am until 4.30 pm and on Saturdays from 10 am until 4 pm.

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