Mayor to unveil new Sue Ryder store in Bedford

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The Sue Ryder charity is opening a new shop in Bedford this weekend.

The new store at 35-37 Ampthill Road will be opened by Mayor Dave Hodgson on Saturday, July 18 at 10.30am, with early bird shoppers having the chance to win prizes.

Shop manager Jane Todd, staff and volunteer will be on hand to welcome the first shoppers who will find a range of fashion, handbags, books, music DVDs, furniture, electrical items and bikes with proceeds going to help Sue Ryder provide specialist hospice and neurological care at St John’s Hospice in Moggerhanger.

Jane said: “Opening a new store in Bedford is a really exciting retail development for Sue Ryder. There will be something for everyone and every home on offer and I am sure shoppers will be delighted by the exceptional quality, value and wide range of goods we will be selling.

“Funds raised from this store will help us to continue to provide the best possible care and support for people living with life limiting conditions, such as cancer; acquired brain injury; multiple sclerosis; Dementia; Huntington’s disease; Parkinson’s disease and Motor Neurone disease.”

Sue Ryder has also invited colleagues from the local Morrisons store, including community champion Angela Cipriano, to join them for the ribbon cutting and to celebrate Sue Ryder’s national partnership with the supermarket chain.

Ben White, shop manager at Morrisons, said: “We’re very happy to help Sue Ryder celebrate the opening of their new shop, which is a welcome addition to Bedford town. We’re really looking forward to getting to know the team and working together on activities to raise much needed funds for our Raise a Smile partnership.”

Sue Ryder’s new Bedford store is also recruiting much needed volunteers to help with everything from sorting and preparing stock, to merchandising and sales and is also appealing for people to donate good quality clothing, books and bric-a-brac.

Anyone wanting to join Sue Ryder’s volunteer team or wanting to know more about how to donate items should contact Jinny.shoosmith@suerydercare.org by email: or Jane.todd@suerydercare.org or by phone on 01234 364825

To donate furniture should contact the national number on 0333 0031883. Visit www.sueryder.org