SUPPORTERS of a charity in Didcot are devastated after plans to find a new premise after being told to leave by the landlord have fell through.

Changing Lives, at the bottom of Broadway, was told to vacate by the landlord after 10 years due to asbestos in the building and structural issues with the roof.

Staff and supporters of the charity, which provides relief for those in need by making grants and donations to individuals and organisations through the profits earned in the shop, were upset about the building being demolished next month.

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After months of looking, a new premise was found only four doors down and the shop was due to move into the Galaxy TecnO computer repair service store rented out by the Orchard Centre.

The repair service was then due to move into a building next to charity shop’s existing premise.

However, staff members have no confirmed that the move has fallen through.

Posting on Facebook, staff member Chloe Prior said: “Update on new premises. Unfortunately, the shop we were going to be moving into has fallen through, which now leaves us with nowhere to go.

“With our deadline to leave the current shop fast approaching, October 30, this has left thew hole team very panicked and worried.

“If anyone at all can help please get in touch. Thank you for all your support and love.”

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Supporters were quick to express their devastation about the new premise falling through with many hoping a new building will be made available soon.

One supporter commented: “We love this store, it helps with so many good causes and also helps families who are struggling with the cost-of-living crisis.

“We are so glad for your wonderful shop. I wish you all the best and hope you get better luck soon.

“Your shop will be sadly missed by not only residents of Didcot but by a lot of people who travel from Abingdon and surrounding villages whom adore your shop.”

Another supporter added: “Hope you get sorted with somewhere as the Didcot Community needs you, such an important place and group of people that the community can't do without and it would be a travesty if the council etc sat back and watched this fade out.”

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Founder Valerie Prior, who also owns a second store in Church Street, Wantage, said she has been “really broken” over the store facing closure and has been “going up against it” to find a new property.

She said she has also messaged MP David Johnston appealing for help.


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This story was written by Gee Harland. She joined the team in 2022 as a senior multimedia reporter.

Gee covers Wallingford, Wantage and Didcot.

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