A CHARITY shop had a grand start when it returned to Widnes town centre after a 15-year absence.
Sue Ryder Care opened its new venue in Albert Square on Wednesday last week and took almost £1,000 on its first day.
The charity had a two-storey shop in Victoria Square for many years before it closed in the mid 1990s.
The new shop was opened by the mayor of Halton Marie Wright, who was accompanied by mayoress Sheila Walsh.
Opening day sales were above expectation through the sale of both new and donated goods.
Sue Ryder Care is one of the leading providers of palliative and respite care in the UK.
Last year more than 4m hours of care were provided and 1.4m.
Now the shop is appealing for help.
A spokesperson said: “An important part of these shops are the volunteers who help staff them.”
If anyone would like to spare some of their free time they can call in or ring the shop on 0151 424 6766.