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Elm Park charity shop has successful reopening

PUBLISHED: 12:00 04 April 2014

Cutting the ribbon marked the reopening of the charity shop

Cutting the ribbon marked the reopening of the charity shop

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There was a crowd of keen local shoppers waiting when Richard House children’s hospice charity shop in Elm Park reopened its doors yesterday.

Regular shopper Kenneth ColeRegular shopper Kenneth Cole

It was damaged by flooding last October and had to close while the shop was repaired and restocked.

Louise Hamilton, head of retail for Richard House, said: “The local community has been very supportive and all our other Richard House shops have helped us. We have been very fortunate, though one unforeseen outcome of the shop’s closure has been the loss of a few of our volunteers.”

Louise said that the shop needs more volunteers to come forward.

Kenneth Cole from Hornchurch was one of the shoppers waiting for it to open.

Shoppers rushed into the shop after the reopeningShoppers rushed into the shop after the reopening

He said: “I think it looks nice and completely new. It’s clean and tidy. I like to come in and have a good look round and I come two or four times a week.”

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