First ForSight charity shop in Northern Ireland officially opens in Omagh
ForSight has opened its first charity shop in Northern Ireland, at 27-29 Market Street in Omagh, Co.Tyrone.
ForSight is a sister company of NCBI (National Council for the Blind of Ireland) who has been providing direct supportive, transformative and innovative services to people who are blind or vision impaired in the Republic of Ireland since 1931.
Using NCBI’s successful model of charity retail shops operational in the Republic which has 130 stores, ForSight is a chain of charity shops specifically established to raise funds for initiatives designed to enhance and empower the lives of children and adults who are blind or vision impaired.
Beverley Scallan, Head of Retail at ForSight, said: “After months of hard work from our team, we’re delighted our first ForSight shop is open for the people of Omagh to visit. We look forward to becoming a cornerstone of the local community as we get to know our supporters and customers in the coming months.
“Sustainability is at the forefront of what we do so the Omagh store is stocked with a fabulous range of pre-loved clothing, homewares items and accessories that will make perfect additions to wardrobes and homes throughout Tyrone and beyond. We’re extremely excited with what is on offer and encourage people to shop, donate and volunteer with us.”
Chris White, Chief Executive Officer of ForSight, added: “Today is a milestone for ForSight with the opening of our Omagh store which we know will raise much needed funds to support direct services for people who are blind or vision impaired in Northern Ireland as well as funding clinical research into the causes of sight loss. Customers will not only be supporting an excellent cause but also helping to save the planet. We look forward to expanding the ForSight chain with our second store opening in Enniskillen shortly.”
ForSight in Omagh is now open to the public six days a week, and offers a modern look, stylish layout and excellent quality stock. All donations of clothing, applicable accessories and homewares are welcome.
The charity raises funds for initiatives including assisting children and their families, providing sporting opportunities to everyone through Vision Sports Ireland, undergraduate bursaries and academic research for effective clinical intervention for the advancement of sight loss treatment.
For more information about ForSight, please visit https://www.forsightni.co.uk/.
Caption: Chris White, ForSight CEO, with Melanie O’Kane, ForSight Omagh shop manager and Danielle McDonagh, ForSight area manager, cutting the opening ribbon with shop volunteers.