Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, recently opened a second-hand boutique shop with a charitable ethos, The Melrose Closet, on Upper Market Street in Hove.
The Melrose Closet is the inspiration of Jill Andrews, who noticed a gap in the market for a shop exclusively supporting local charities. For her first year of trading, Jill has chosen Rockinghorse Children’s Charity, the official fundraising arm of the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital and the Trevor Mann Baby Unit, to directly benefit from the shops profits.
Commenting, Mike said: “Jill’s new shop is a fantastic initiative that sells some really appealing second-hand products. The Melrose Closet will support local charities and Jill’s choice of the Rockinghorse Children’s Charity to benefit from the first year of trading is an exceptionally worthy beneficiary. I wish Jill the best of luck with her new business.”
Jill Andrews, owner of The Melrose Closet, added: “Having spent the last eight years working in the charity sector, I wanted to be able to run a business with a charitable focus. Rockinghorse carries out fantastic work to make life better for sick children in Sussex and it is great to have the opportunity to make a difference.”