THE NSPCC’s Cowes charity shop is on the hunt for a new manager after more than two decades.

The Shooters Hill location is set for changes following its long-awaited reopening after lockdown and the departure of manager Belinda Hussey, who has been involved with the shop since it opened in 1982.

Belinda said: “I’ve been doing this job for 21 years and have been involved in its running for 39.

"It’s a very rewarding role in the community and every day is different — you never know quite what you’re going to get in a donation bag!

“It’s now time for someone else to take the reins and lead our lovely little shop.”

The store is one of only two remaining official NSPCC charity shops in the country and has been at the heart of the community in Cowes for nearly 40 years.

It is staffed by a team of dedicated volunteers – some of whom have been there since it opened.

Its doors were closed for almost a year due to Covid-19, with the shop unable to accept donations or make any sales.

In March a fundraising campaign raised nearly £600 towards the shop’s recovery.

Gemma Graves, NSPCC community fundraising manager for the Isle of Wight, said: “We were so grateful for the wonderful support we received in the community to ensure the continued running of our shop in Cowes.

“As we reopen and look forward to the start of a new era, we encourage anyone looking to make a difference in the local community to consider applying for this wonderful role.”

To find out more about the role contact Gemma at Gemma.Graves@nspcc.org.uk or call 02037 729289.