Age UK

Age UK

Age UK is a charity organisation that has over 350 retail shops throughout the country. It was formed in 2009 following a merger between Help the Aged and Age Concern and became the largest of the UK charities for older people. The organisation's slogan is 'Love later life' and throughout the years it has been operational it has done all it can to promote that principle and feeling. As a high street retail outlet, Age UK sells a range of pre-loved items, including clothing, footwear, accessories, jewellery, books, toys, homewares, games and ornaments. People like shopping at Age UK stores because they get a bargain and know that their money is going towards a great cause.

Hours and Locations

Age UK has grown in popularity and now have establishments situated in more than 150 cities, so there is always one near to anyone looking for great value for money. Hull is the place with the biggest number of Age UK outlets, closely followed by Darlington and Bristol. It is very easy to spot, as they have a multi-coloured ribbon fashioned into an infinity sign along with the name of the charity in two different tones of blue as its logo.Age UK opening times will vary. Like most charity shops they tend to be open in normal business hours, Monday through to Saturday from 9am to 5pm and are closed on Sundays. However, it is always a good idea to check the Age UK opening times for individual branches o as this can vary from location to location.

Another reason for differences in Age UK opening times is public holidays. Good Friday and Easter Monday, Boxing Day and New Year's Day and bank holidays may see the stores closing much earlier than usual. You may be able to check the Age UK opening times for the branch closest to you online.

5 Facts About Age UK

As the biggest charity for older people in the country, Age UK have very well known. However, if you are interested in learning more or just wanted some facts while looking at the opening times for your local Age UK shop, we've gathered five of our favourite about the charity below.

  1. The eventual merger between Help the Aged and Age Concern was the biggest amount British charities since Imperial Cancer Research and Cancer Research Campaign merged to form Cancer Research UK.
  2. Actors Ian McKellen, Brian Cox and Eleanor Bron took part in a number of Age UK television advertisements and gave their time to the campaign for free.
  3. Stage for Age is a group formed by famous names from showbusiness to support the work of Help the Aged initially and now Age UK.
  4. Christopher Biggins currently serves as the chairman, with Lionel Blair as the Vice Chairman and June Whitfield CBE as the president. Vice presidents include Robert Powell and Sylvia Syms OBE.
  5. Age UK have run the Big Knit, in which supporters are encouraged knit woollen hats to fit on Innocent Smoothie bottles. Since 2003, this has raised over £2.4m.


Like other chains of charity shops operating the country, Age UK stores sell a wide variety of different items for bargain prices. Although the proceeds of their sales go towards the older people of the country, there are products and items sold in-store that will suit just about everyone and anyone. People regularly frequent the stores looking to buy clothes, accessories, books, games, homeware and various other items.

Aside from selling items, stores welcome donations, both money and actual goods to sell. They also are always looking for local people to lend their support and volunteer.

Brief History

Age UK was formed when Age Concern and Help the Aged, two of the foremost charities for the elderly in the country joined forces. The charity was established on 25th February 2009 and launched at the start of April that year. It continued to use the name Age Concern and Help the Aged until 2010, when it launched as Age UK on 29th April. Along with the main operations, the Age UK branding also includes interdependent, but separate charities covering different regions in the country. These include Age Scotland, Age NI and Age Cymru.

The organisation now has more than 350 of their Age UK charity shops operating in the country.

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