New charity shop set to open in Chichester


CHESTNUT Tree House will officially open its new charity shop on North Street in Chichester on Thursday.

Lady Cowdray and the Mayor of Chichester will be among the special guests attending the official opening at 11am on Thursday, February 12.

Speeches, cake cutting and a champagne toast are set to mark the shop launch, where Chestnut Tree House nurses and staff will join the celebrations.

Sussex-based charity Chestnut Tree House is a hospice for children with life-shortening conditions and relies upon income from its charity shops, volunteering and donations to provide vital care to local families going through some of the most difficult times imaginable.

The second-hand boutique at 62 North Street hopes to attract a mixture of shoppers.

One off items, vintage furniture and designer labels are some of the gems that charity shop browsers could stumble across at a fraction of the original price.

Helen Smith, the new Chichester shop manager, said: “Chichester city centre is known for its unique mix of smaller shops and the Chestnut Tree House charity shop will fit in well.

“It’s a beautifully quaint building and we are hoping it will become a regular shopping spot for locals and visitors to Chichester alike.”

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

No experience is necessary, full training will be given and sorting donated stock, serving customers and using the till are some of the duties required.

The new shop is also asking for donations of unused or unwanted items gathering dust at home - clothes, books, DVDs, toys and furniture are all welcomed contributions to help fill the shelves of the new shop.

For more information about volunteering or donating, contact the charity directly on: 01903 275660 or email