England and Leicester rugby star opens Rainbows Loughborough shop

Hundreds of people flocked to the opening of Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People’s new shop in Loughborough on Thursday (7th).

Rugby legend Neil Back MBE cut the ribbon outside the charity’s new flagship shop, in Cattle Market.

Shopper Julie Howard (58), of Loughborough, said: “I love it in here, it is very nice and I have just picked up a bargain. It is brilliant for Rainbows and I am so glad they have opened a shop in Loughborough.”

Rainbows has been supported by many Leicestershire companies, including officeTwelve, JC Metalworks, Vertigo Interiors, Bell Decorating Group and Karndean who have donated goods or services to the shop for free. The design of the shop incorporates recycled materials. Aspects include reclaimed doors and old wooden chairs reimagined in unusual ways to create eye-catching displays and quirky changing rooms. Part of the design is a designated children’s area with a small table and chairs and toys.

Mother of two Claire Powell (32), of Loughborough, said: “The children’s area is really imaginative. I can have a look around the shop and the children are kept amused.”

Karen Bilsby, Head of Retail at Rainbows, said: “We would like to thank everyone who supported us in the run up to the opening and on the day. We have had such a great turn out and we are delighted to be back in our home town of Loughborough.” To view the photos from the day, please click the link: http://bit.ly/29wctI6