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Elm Park charity shop damaged by flood looks forward to being back in business

07:00 01 April 2014

Some of the damage done by the flood in October, which forced the shop to close

Some of the damage done by the flood in October, which forced the shop to close

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A charity shop that had to be restocked and refitted after suffering flood damage will be opening again next week.

Staff members Mandy, Anita and Michelle, help to re- stock the storeStaff members Mandy, Anita and Michelle, help to re- stock the store

The Richard House children’s hospice retail shop, The Broadway, Elm Park is set to reopen at 10am on April 3.

It was forced to close in October due to extensive flood damage after there was a leak in the flat above.

This caused the ceiling to collapse and water to flood into both the main shop and the basement below, where all of the stock was contained.

The stock was ruined and fixtures and fittings were also damaged. The shop was closed for around six months while repairs were made to the premises.

Head of retail at Richard House Louise Hamilton says: “The flood caused considerable damage to the property and it was a great shame to lose stock, but we’ve been overwhelmed by the support from locals who have donated goods, and volunteers who have ensured the shop is looking better than ever for next week’s reopening.”

Richard House staff and volunteers will be attending the opening and are urging people to come to the shop to view the new space. The reopening will also be attended by the Richard House mascot ‘Barnaby bear’ and there will be speeches and a ribbon cutting to mark the occassion.

The charity provides free support to families who are caring for children with life limiting conditions and offers day care, support in the home and short residential stays to children up to the age of 20.

Volunteers play an essential role to the charity and there are currently volunteers working in all six of the Richard House retail shops.

For information about becoming a Richard House shop volunteer visit your local shop for an informal chat with the shop manager or contact Steve on 020 754 0225 or steveh@richardhouse.org.uk

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