ARC to reopen its charity store

PUBLISHED: 09:04 16 December 2016 | UPDATED: 09:49 21 December 2016

New ARC shop manager Jessica Kielen fundraising at Festive Friday with her mum  Linda. Picture: CHRIS CARSON

New ARC shop manager Jessica Kielen fundraising at Festive Friday with her mum Linda. Picture: CHRIS CARSON


Axminster-based bereavement counselling serivce ARC is reopening its town centre shop in the new year.

The charity will be back in business, raising vital funds, at its previous premises in Chard Street, from Monday, January 16.

ARC provides therapy support to patients and staff of Axminster Medical Practice seeking help through challenging times.

Within ARC, local people seek counselling following a painful change or loss in their lives. They might want help with feelings of fear, stress, helplessness, sadness or even despair, guilt, shame, regrets or anger.

They might need support with rebuilding self-esteem, confidence and self-worth or challenging compulsive or self-sabotaging behaviours.

The charity is totally self-funded and the shop, which will be run by newly appointed manager Jessica Kielen, plays a crucial part in its fundraising efforts.

But to make the reopening a success, organisers say the shop needs as much support as possible as every penny raised ensures the frontline work dedicated to the support of people in the community, both in the town and surrounding villages.

Said a spokeswoman: “Without the tireless work of ARC, many residents would need to travel to Exeter or Honiton for the consultations they need - not a good idea if you are grieving and not feeling 100 per cent.

“Please help in any way you can, either with quality donations to the shop, purchasing from the shop or volunteering to work there.

“Application forms for volunteers are already available from Morgan York Estate Agents.

“Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated.”

ARC is a community-based charity committed to providing essential talking therapies to patients registered at Axminster Medical Practice. To find out more about the service and the counselling and the support it has provided to members of the community since January 1997, visit the website at :

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