BIG-HEARTED youngster Zara McGuinness – who launched her own charity to help struggling families across the Five Towns – is to open her own fundraising shop.
The Featherstone eight-year-old, who battled back after being mauled by a dog in a horrific attack, hopes the new second-hand store in Knottingley will help raise cash for Zara’s Foundation.
The facility, on Pinewood Place, was given to the organisation – launched earlier this year – by Wakefield and District Housing.
Zara’s proud mum Jean McGuinness, 49, of Huntwick Crescent, said: “Since we launched the foundation so much has happened – we’ve been overwhelmed by the support we’ve had from people across the area and can’t wait to open our new shop later this year.”
As reported in the Express in January, Zara came up with the idea for a new organisation to support families in the area who need help to pay their bills and buy clothes and children’s toys.
The youngster also hopes to arrange scholarships with clubs and organisations across the area so underprivileged children can get the opportunity to try new activities.
Jean said: “It’s brilliant for us to have a base because my house is full of boxes of donations. We’ve been absolutely inundated with toys, games and clothes – it’s been fantastic.
“The people of Knottingley have said they’d like a new second-hand shop, so it’s good news for the town too. We hope the community will support it.
“There’s still a lot for us to do, but everything’s going really well. We’ve had a few setbacks, but Zara’s determined to make the foundation a success.
“Already we’ve made a difference in people’s lives and that was our main objective. The shop will help us raise a lot more money so we can help more people across the area.”
To find out more about the foundation, visit www.zarasfoundation.co.uk or contact Jean on 07904 779490.