On Saturday 5th April 2014 at 2pm, after an introduction by the Valley CIDS CEO Designate Jonathan Brook, The Right Reverend Dr Alastair Redfern, Bishop of Derby performed a blessing and officially opened Purple Robes - a specialist bridal and designer wear shop within the Lighthouse brand of charity shops.

As with all of our shops, they provide funding for our children's work, working with over 70 schools and our youth outreach projects, touching the hearts of young people in our communities.

From ancient times, the colour purple was deemed a regal colour and in the Bible, a benefactor of the early church, Lydia, dealt in purple cloth. Our desire is that those who want to get married can do so in style, with the essence of love and yet at affordable prices. But wedding clothing is not all, Purple Robes has formal and designer clothes, in addition to Prom dresses and suits, all with a potential to be twice-treasured... 

At 2.20pm, just down the street, the Bishop of Derby then performed another blessing and officially opened the newly relocated Lighthouse Charity Shop, which is the home of our brand new initiative providing retail, youth training and enterprise. This exciting project links and weaves together our youth work and retail expertise to help young people today in practical learning about life and work.

Despite the on and off drizzle, plenty of people turned out to witness the blessings, a buffet was laid on courtesy of the Saltpot Community Café in Swanwick, and there was a lot of praise and admiration for the fantastic job done by both of the shops.

A truly MASSIVE Thank You needs to go out to all of the staff and volunteers who not only helped out on the day, but worked so hard in setting the shops up. A fantastic job was done by all.

Thank you also to The Right Reverend Dr Alastair Redfern for fitting us into his busy schedule to bless the latest Valley CIDS enterprises.

To see more photos of the event, visit our Facebook page - www.facebook.com/ValleyCIDS