Rainbows Shop Opens in Matlock

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 www.rainbows.co.uk or contact the hospice on 01509 638 000.