LOCAL pride has helped a charity expand.
The Marsden-based Cuckoo’s Nest, which helps good causes in the town, opened a new shop on Saturday.
Spokeswoman Hazel Seidel said: “It was a great success and people were piling through the doors.”
The new shop is next door to the charity’s existing Peel Street store.
Hazel explained: “The existing shop was crowded because of the generosity of our donors. In fact the back room and cellar were full of stock as well. So when the next door premises became available for rent it was a wonderful opportunity to expand.”
The old shop will continue to stock clothes and bric-a-brac while the new store, which will retain its separate entrance, will sell books and videos.
Hazel said: “This will allow us to display more of our goods, especially books, than was the case in the past.”
Cuckoo’s Nest was set up six years ago and has raised more than £250,000 for good causes in Marsden, including the local playgroup and Scouts, the Imbolc fire festival, Marsden’s Citizens’ Advice Bureau and the town’s football club.
Hazel believes the charity’s local focus is the key to its success.
She said: “I think we’re thriving because people can see the benefit of our work on their doorsteps. It helps that Marsden is a place with strong community spirit.”
Hazel added that the charity’s more than 40 workers also played a part.
She said: “We have an excellent team of volunteers and they really make our shop a pleasant place which people enjoy visiting.”
The Cuckoo’s Nest is one of several local success stories. Kirkwood Hospice has 11 shops across Kirklees and the West Yorkshire Forget Me Not Trust – which is trying to build a children’s hospice in Brackenhall – opens its first store, at Lidget Street in Lindley, on Saturday.