Kids charity to close all its retail outlets

Children's charity Action for Children has revealed that it is to close all 36 of its charity shops, putting 80 staff at risk of redundancy.

Action for Children announced today that it will shut the shops over the next two years because they are losing money for the organisation.

The charity is to begin a consultation process with staff and volunteers at the shops, which are predominantly located in south-east England, to see whether they can be relocated within the organisation.

Action for Children employs about 6,000 people across the UK.

Liz Monks, executive director of fundraising at the charity, said: "Action for Children has undertaken a comprehensive review of all of our activities to enable us to provide the best possible support to the most vulnerable children and young people.

"As part of this review, we have reluctantly made the decision to close our network of shops. We believe that it will enable Action for Children to refocus our funds and efforts on more core activities that make a demonstrable and positive difference to the lives of children, young people and their families across the UK."

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