Debra to take over Action for Children charity shops

Skin charity aims to be among top 5% of sector retailers

The entire network of Action for Children charity shops is to be transferred to medical charity Debra.

A total of 36 shops will be taken over by Debra, with a provisional transfer date of 1 September. Action for Children announced in October that it planned to close all 36 of its shops over two years because the shops were losing money.

Debra, which works for people with the skin blistering condition epidermolysis bullosa, already has 98 shops and is planning to open another 20 this year.

A Debra spokeswoman said the move was part of the charity's ambition to be in the top 5 per cent of charity retail chains, which would help to raise public awareness of epidermolysis bullosa.

Eighty staff at the Action for Children shops will transfer to Debra and volunteers will have the option to move to the other charity as well.

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