Charity shop forced to close after rain washes earth to block fire exit

A charity shop in the Staffordshire Moorlands has been forced to close, following a land slippage caused by the recent torrential rain.

The heavy downpours have washed earth from neighbouring properties downhill, blocking the rear fire exit of the Dougie Mac shop in Cheadle High Street.

As a precautionary measure the store will not be trading.

Head of Retail for Dougie Mac, Liz Clarke, said: “Due to circumstances beyond our control we are sorry that we are currently unable to serve the local community as usual in our Cheadle store.

"However, the safety of our staff and volunteers is paramount and as such we are unable to open for the time being.”

It is not currently known how long the shop will remain closed, but the Blurton based charity says it closure could cost thousands of pounds per week in lost revenue.

Liz continued: “Every day the shops are unable to open is another day of lost trade for local businesses.

"This is concerning for us as it means we are unable to contribute towards the funds the hospice needs for the ongoing care of patients with life-limiting illnesses.

“We kindly ask local people to save their much-needed donations until we are back up and running.”

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