NIGEL Clough and Jake Buxton of Burton Albion FC were on hand when a new charity shop for The Donna Louise Hospice for Children & Young People was opened in Burton.

The new shop in Coopers Square Shopping Centre, was officially opened today by Nigel, Jake and 16 year-old Gracie Mott from Burton, who has been supported by The Donna Louise since she was 13 months old.

Chris Belyavin, Relationship Manager at The Donna Louise, said: “We’re really excited to be opening this brand new store in Burton. The Donna Louise supports more than 20 families in Burton and the surrounding areas, so the money this shop raises will go straight towards supporting local families who rely on the hospices’ services.”

The new store, which is the old Mothercare unit in Coopers Square Shopping Centre, has been transformed and will sell a wide range of clothing, furniture, bric-a-brac and other household items.

Nigel Clough said: “I want to thank everyone at The Donna Louise for inviting us down to open the shop. The club and our community trust work closely with the charity and we know how hard they work and what a difference they make to people’s lives.

“We were very impressed with the new shop and I hope it helps the charity rise vital funds to support its work.”
Jake Buxton said: “It’s a tremendous charity and they are doing unbelievable things helping people and we want to try and do our bit as players supporting them.

“Coming down to open the shop we can see the hard work put in here and I hope it proves to be a big success.
“I have looked around the shop and there are some great things on offer and all the money goes to a great cause so I hope everyone can support it.”

Chris added: “The shop is looking great - we also have lots of really good quality stock available and our team can’t wait to welcome shoppers. We hope that people will support The Donna Louise, not only by shopping with us, but also by donating their good quality, unwanted items to the store. We’re also looking for volunteers to help out in the store, so please get in touch if you could spare a few hours each week.”

To learn more about The Donna Louise shops, and how you can volunteer, visit www.thedonnalouise.org/shop  or call your nearest store.