Raquel Cassidy reopens Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice shop in Fleet

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By Lou_101 | Friday, October 14, 2011, 17:46

"Born and bred," Fleet actress Raquel Cassidy provided the celebrity pomp when The Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice shop in Fleet reopened today.

The star of BBC and ITV shows including Teachers, Lead Balloon and Dr Who took the lead cutting the ribbon to the Fleet Road charity shop, which had been closed following a fire earlier this year.

Much of the work refurbishing the store has been carried by local firms and thanks to the support of others.

"I'm born and bred Fleet," said Raquel. "I was born at Pondtail Road and was living off the high street for years before I finally moved. Dad still lives here so I come home for visits and Christmas.

"I'm diving into charity shops like this all the time. I love them."

A large crowd gathered for the opening ceremony and the shop was busy as soon as the doors were opened.

The local charity gives daily specialist palliative care to 140 patients living with life limiting illnesses and their families, and to do so must raise £15,000 a day.

Good quality clothes are needed for the charity's 13 local shops – one of which is in Fleet – to raise money.

Peter Foxton, head of retail at the charity, said: "We're delighted the shop is finally open again and we're really grateful to everyone's who donated clothes, all our volunteers who've worked to get the shop ready, as well as local firms.

"Starbucks organised free coffee for the shoppers here today, and the cupcakes were made by Cake Toppers.

"Eagle Radio donated £250 to refurbish the staff kitchen area, and Puraclean donated a fridge. We'd also like to thank Valiant for the shop graphics and Radbourne Interiors.

You can donate clothes and quality items to the Fleet shop simply by dropping them in.

See photos from the reopening here in the gallery on Fleet People.

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