Fire fails to halt Myton Hospice advance

By Kevin Unitt 25/07 Updated: 26/07 07:24

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FIRE has failed to halt Myton Hospice spreading its wings to a second charity shop in Leamington.

The new Bedford Street store opened just weeks after the charity’s existing Warwick Street shop was damaged and had to be closed by a blaze.

That store is expected to be closed for at least another fortnight but when back up and running Myton will now be generating funds on two fronts in the town, selling clothing, books, toys and bric-a-brac.

The charity’s retail manager, Gary Bradbury, said: “It was always the plan to open a second shop in Leamington and we are very excited to have it up and running. There has been some confusion that the new shop is a temporary replacement but this is not the case.

“It has been a difficult couple of months for us following the fire which caused more than £30,000 worth of damage.

“Although we are insured, we now have the difficult job of replacing over £8,000 worth of stock to refill our shop as well as continuing to stock our other 17 branches.

"Any good quality donations will be greatly appreciated and can be taken to our Bedford Street shop.”

* THERE is still time for adrenaline junkies to register for The Myton Hospices skydive near Banbury on October 20.

The charity is looking for more brave fund-raising volunteers to take on the 10,000ft leap.

Each skydiver needs to raise a minimum of £395 in sponsorship and will be strapped to a qualified instructor for the tandem dive, which includes 45 seconds of free-falling.

Call 01926 838831 for more information.

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