Rainbows has arrived in Wigston

Rainbows has opened a brand new store in Wigston.

The shop, in Bell Street, is our sixth retail store across the East Midlands. Last week, crowds gathered for the official opening, where TV and film star, Lydia Bewley, cut the ribbon.

Our shop will sell everything from clothes and accessories to books and bric-a-brac. And in its first weekend of opening, the Wigston community ensured bumper sales for our charity.

We provide care for over 900 babies, children and young people with terminal or serious illnesses. It costs over £6m a year to provide our vital services and our stores raise over £725,000, combined, each year.

Lydia, who is best known for her role in The Inbetweeners films and has been a Rainbows patron for 12 years, was as delighted to carry out the official opening. She said: “It is an honour to be here and I wish this store so much luck, love, happiness and fun. It has a lovely community feel about it and it is a beautiful store. As a mum, I appreciate how important the work of Rainbows is, and the services and support it provides to children and their families.”

Mark Ashton, Head of Retail at Rainbows, added: “It is wonderful for us to be opening our Rainbows store in Wigston. Wigston has a fantastic community spirit and we are very excited to be here. We would like to thank all of the businesses who have helped us set up the store and everyone who has supported our opening and first few days.”

To help keep stock replenished, we are always looking for clothing, toys, games, bric-a-brac and books to sell in our shops.

Selling clothes worth £5 could fund our Play Team for fun and learning, using arts and crafts materials. Items selling for £20 could pay towards the care of a family member who has been recently bereaved.

To find out more about Rainbows shops, visit rainbows.co.uk/shops