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Rainbows Shop Opens in Matlock



Press Release and Media Call

What:              The official opening of the Rainbows charity shop

Date:               Friday, September 21 2012

Time:               10.00am for 10.30am opening

Location:         Rainbows Hospice Shop, 19 Firs Parade, Matlock, DE4 3AS


Interview Opportunities:

  • Willie Thorne, Rainbows Patron
  • Karen Bilsby, Head of Retail at Rainbows
  • Patricia Brookes, Director of Fundraising at Rainbows
  • Tamsin Grayson, Store Manager (from Derby)



 In mid September Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People will be coming to Matlock and throwing open the doors of its first charity shop in Derbyshire. Rainbows Patron and snooker legend, Willie Thorne, will be there from 10.00am to officially open the brand new store at 10:30am.

Accompanying Willie will be William Furlong and his mum Alison, a young boy from Mickleover who uses Rainbows. They will be the first through the doors on Friday to have a browse through the clothes.

The new shop is located at 19 Firs Parade, Matlock, and will help the Loughborough-based charity continue its incredible work in supporting life-limited children in the region through the sale of clothes, books, children’s toys, CDs, DVDs and Rainbows’ own merchandise. In addition, the new shop will serve as an information point on the services that Rainbows offers and help families that needs those services find out how to refer a child or young person.

Speaking ahead of Friday’s opening, Tamsin Grayson - the new Rainbows shop manager - said: “With the surge in popularity in charity shopping, we are so looking forward to opening in Matlock and are thankful to all those that have rallied round and donated stock to the shop so far.

“Every item purchased or donated will go towards making a difference to the families, children and young people that Rainbows supports each and every day and we hope to turn these rags into riches for an extremely worthy cause.”

The Matlock shop is the third of three shops that will be opening this year. Rainbows opened its first shop in Melton Mowbray and a second in Blaby earlier this year, with plans to roll out the stores across the east midlands from 2013.

For further information on Rainbows, please visit or contact the hospice on 01509 638 000.

For further information and photography or to attend the Media Launch, please contact Scott Lea on or 01509 638062.


 About Rainbows Hospice for Children & Young People

Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People covers the whole of the East Midlands, although it is based in Loughborough, Leicestershire.

It was founded by Gail and Harry Moore, whose daughter, Laura, had died of Leukaemia in 1989. Laura's favourite thing in the world was a rainbow.

Since its official opening in April 1995 by HRH Prince of Wales, hundreds of life-limited children, young people, their families, siblings, relatives and friends from across the East Midlands have used the hospice.

It’s every parent’s worst nightmare to be told their child will die before them. But for an estimated 20,000 families across the UK, this is a reality. Some of these children will die when they’re very young, others will deteriorate slowly over a number of years.

In most cases, full-time care falls to the parents – 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Not surprisingly the whole family is under huge emotional, physical and financial strain.

Rainbows helps children and families in these situations with the emotional and physical challenges they face, helping them to make the most of a short life.