The cold didn't stop the Henley community giving our new store, in Duke Street, a warm welcome on Friday (01 December).
Model and fitness guru, Angie Best, cut the ribbon at noon as keen shoppers gathered outside the store to bag the charity's most sought-after donations. Angie was joined by the Mayor of Henley, Councillor Kellie Hinton, and Thames Hospice representatives, Chief Executive Debbie Raven, Ambassador Richard Goss, and Nurse Linda Nelson. On launch day, the store stayed open until 10pm, as part of Henley's late night shopping evening and Christmas light switch-on.
The opening weekend was a huge success, with crowds of people visiting the store and thousands of vital funds generated for Thames Hospice. Julie Rowley, our Director of Retail, said: "We're absolutely thrilled to become part of Henley. It is so important to us to have a presence in the town and we will continue to engage with community events to help drive awareness of the charity and support our neighbours.
"The wonderful comments and welcome we have received have been overwhelming and I would like to personally thank all our customers, who made sure the opening weekend surpassed all expectations. I look forward to welcoming you all into store again soon."
The Henley community has also been impressed with the store's festive window display, and during the opening weekend it was entered into The Henley Christmas Front Window Display Competition, organised by Delegate Conference Services, of Hart Street. As newcomers to the town, the team were delighted to finish fourth place against tough competition.
The new store offers quality pre-loved ladies, men's and children's fashion, upcycled homeware items and a stunning selection of Christmas decorations and cards. Thames Hospice in Henley is open Monday-Saturday, 9.30am-5.30pm, and Sundays, 11am-5pm. The store urgently needs volunteer support to ensure its long-term success, click here to find out how you could help and apply.