Age UK sees amazing success with new store in Leicester


By Charlotte Orwin

Spectacular sales have been recorded for the Leicestershire charity Age UK with the opening of a brand new shop.

A brand new Age UK charity shop opened last Thursday on Horsefair Street in Leicester and it has already got off to a booming start.

Shop manager Claire Gourley said: “It’s been a fantastic few days. We opened on Thursday and the weekend has been amazing. Lots of people have been in.”

“We have opened with spring stock from our other stores. We are always grateful for any donations we receive like clothes, furniture and bric-a-brac. Right now we really need men’s clothes and being a new shop we would welcome more volunteers.”

The charity shops have received all manner of donations over the years including unique, vintage furniture and designer labelled clothes.

Ms Gourley added: “I think the shops in a really nice position here and we try to set the standard of quality at Age UK. It’s a fantastic charity to support and be involved with. Hopefully people will continue to come in and shop”.

The Age UK charity is made up of 170 local branches and supports elderly people in remaining independent and out of care homes for as long as possible. The new shop works specifically in the Leicestershire and Rutland areas with the local ageing community.

Anyone wishing to donate to or volunteer at Age UK can stop by the new store in Horsefair Street or visit

DMU men’s hockey aim for first ever Varsity triumph

Laurie Harmsworth is looking for a first ever Varsity win

Laurie Harmsworth is looking for a first ever Varsity win

By Tomas Malloy
Revenge is on the agenda for the De Montfort Men’s Hockey team as they look to a first ever Varsity win this month.
They have never beaten University of Leicester, but after leading last year’s varsity 2-0 and coming up short, left back Laurie Harmsworth is eyeing an historic victory.
Harmsworth said: “They are a really good team, but we think we can cause an upset and with home advantage it will be tight.”
The attacking left back, who has scored 3 goals this season, is hoping for a great send off for the older players in the team.
“The core of our group is made up of 3rd years, so this is their last shot after coming so near last time.
“We lost in the last ten minutes so we want to rectify that.”
The team have been taking on extra fitness sessions in a bid to improve their stamina and turn the tide on their opponents, who are two leagues above them.
University of Leicester sit 2nd in Midlands 2B, whilst DMU are 3rd in Midlands 4B.
Having fractured his finger recently, Harmsworth says he will play through the pain, and is hoping they can field the strongest team possible.
He said: “ We have had a few injuries lately, but hopefully we will have a fully fit squad for the big day.”
A crowd of over 100 people is expected for the game at St. Margaret’s Pastures, Leicester, at 2.30pm.
For information about the match, visit the De Montfort hockey Twitter page at @DMUHC