VIDEO: New charity shop opens in Chichester

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CELEBRATIONS marked the opening of Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice’s new shop in Chichester today.

Lady Cowdray was on hand to cut the ribbon to officially open the new charity shop, situated at the top of North Street.

Lady Cowdray cuts the ribbon on the new shop on North Street. Below: The Mayor of Chichester John Hughes cutting the cake

Lady Cowdray cuts the ribbon on the new shop on North Street. Below: The Mayor of Chichester John Hughes cutting the cake

The major and mayoress of Chichester were amongst a number of guests who joined the opening party on Thursday.

Lady Cowdray said: “I was honoured to be asked to be invited to Chichester to officially open Chestnut Tree House’s 11th shop.

“The charity’s work caring for life-limited children and their families in Sussex is outstanding, and I wish the shop every success for the future.”

Mayor John Hughes cut the celebratory cake made by the Chestnut Tree House chef, and spoke about his own experience of losing a young family member and the excellent care they were given from hospice staff.

New chairty shop opens in North Street for Chestnut Tree House Children's Hospice'Official opening done by Mayor of Chichester and Lady Cowdray SUS-151202-145053001

New chairty shop opens in North Street for Chestnut Tree House Children's Hospice'Official opening done by Mayor of Chichester and Lady Cowdray SUS-151202-145053001

Cllr Hughes said: “We are very pleased to welcome a new addition to the high street shops in Chichester especially for such a fantastic charity.

“Chestnut Tree House is close to the hearts of many Chichester residents so I am sure it will be a very popular shopping spot.”

The charity is also looking for volunteers to help out in the new Chichester shop.

No experience is necessary and full training will be given.

Volunteers will be helping to sort donated stock, serve customers and use the till.

The hours of work can be flexible but ideally the charity is looking for people who can donate at least four hours of their time per shift from 9am to 1pm or 1pm to 5pm.

For more information about volunteering or donating, contact the charity directly on: 01903 275660, email shops@chestnut-tree-house.org.uk or pop in to the shop and speak to a member of staff who will be more than happy to help.