Charity shop opens its doors in centre

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EXCITING times ahead marked the opening of a new charity shop at the heart of Bognor Regis.

Chestnut Tree House officially opened its town-centre store last Friday.

The new shop in the town’s shopping precinct was declared ready for business.

Welcoming the store, the town’s mayor Paul Wells said: “I would like to welcome Chestnut Tree House to Bognor Regis and to our retail centre and I hope it is a fantastic success for you.

“The charity does some great work and I hope you get a lot of support from 
the town.”

The charity, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary, is the only children’s hospice in East and West Sussex and cares for more than 280 children and young adults with progressive life-limiting conditions.

It also provides help and support for their families.

Its chief executive officer, Hugh Lowson, said: “We are very pleased to be opening up in Bognor Regis and hope everyone will support us by coming into the store and buying goods or giving donations.

“Our shops really make a big difference to the whole of the charity, they are a big part of how we are able to keep going. It costs £3m to run Chestnut Tree House and from each bag of donations, we can usually make £30.”

The opening also marked the set-up of the charity’s tenth store. Manager Sue Pritchard-Smith said the store needed donations and volunteers.