Port Vale defender Aziz Deen-Conteh was on hand to help open a brand new charity shop in Burslem town centre last week.
The youngster visited Groundwork West Midlands’ newest project to cut the ribbon as ‘Changing Hands’ officially opened its doors for the very first time.
All funds raised by the shop are reinvested back into the local community by offering a guidance service as well as drop-in and appointment careers advice.
Speaking to port-vale.co.uk, shop manager Simon Johnson told us how the project will make a big impact.
“We only signed the lease in September so we spent this time fitting out and raising money,” he said.
“Obviously we needed items to go in. Now we’re open we can start promoting to the local businesses and asking their staff to start bringing stuff to us.
“That way we can re-sell, we can move it on and the proceeds go back into the community. It’s all for Burslem.”
Deen-Conteh also presented the shop with an official Vale ball, signed by the first team squad.
Simon was very grateful for the donation and the support from the Club after a very successful opening day.
“It’s gone great, plenty of people have come down and we’ve done our first sales today,” he added.
“We’ve had the local business in as well to come and buy stuff off us so it’s been really good.”
“It’s great having the local club involved, we’re not far away and it’s absolutely brilliant we can get this support.”