THAMES Hospice opened its new shop in front of a sea of eager shoppers in Caversham last Friday (September 20).

Thames Hospice Trustee Chris Aitken, alongside staff and volunteers, cut the ribbon on the new store at noon as crowds gathered outside to bag themselves a bargain from the choice of pre-loved clothing and accessories.

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Julie Rowley, Director of Retail at Thames Hospice, said: “We were thrilled to open the doors to our new shop in Caversham on Friday and were overwhelmed and delighted by the fantastic response we had from the local community.

"Our store was busy the whole afternoon and across the weekend.

“We had amazing comments and feedback from customers and other traders in the High Street and we look forward to being part of the community for many years to come.”

After a successful opening weekend, the shop raised enough money for the charity which could pay for four syringe drivers to help treat a patient’s symptoms in the Hospice.

The new store in Caversham offers an extensive range of quality pre-loved womenswear, menswear, childrenswear, and accessories, together with a range of new goods and homeware.

The store is now open Monday-Saturday, 9.00am-5.00pm, and Sunday 11.00am-5.00pm.

Thames Hospice will need volunteer support to ensure the long-term success of its Caversham store, please visit to find out how you could help and apply.