Zara’s big shop boost

Zara McGuiness - who started her own charity at eight-years-old - has opened a new charity shop in Featherstone.

Zara McGuiness - who started her own charity at eight-years-old - has opened a new charity shop in Featherstone.

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GENEROUS youngster Zara McGuinness – who launched her own foundation to help struggling families across the Five Towns – has opened her own fundraising shop.

The Featherstone eight-year-old, who battled back after being mauled by a dog in a horrific attack, launched the second-hand store in her home town last week to help raise cash for Zara’s Foundation.

Proud mum Jean McGuinness, 49, of Huntwick Crescent, said: “It feels excellent to have opened the shop so quickly and already feel like it’s making a huge difference.

“We have raised almost £300 in the first week, Zara is so happy and wants to thank the foundation’s committee.”

The shop, on Station Lane, is let to the foundation at a reduced rate by John Newsone who owns F-N Properties.

As reported in the Express in January, Zara came up with the idea for the foundation to support families who need help to pay their bills and buy clothes and children’s toys.

The youngster has also celebrated receiving a certificate from the Sue Ryder Women’s Achievement Awards for being the youngest nominee to be considered for the Young Achiever of the Year category.

The foundation needs donations and is looking for volunteers to work in the shop. To find out more visit www.zarasfoundation.co.uk or call 07926 413206.