Big C shop on the move in Norwich

Kim BriscoeNorfolk's cancer charity has put out an appeal for donated items for its newly-opened charity shop.Kim Briscoe

Norfolk's cancer charity has put out an appeal for donated items for its newly-opened charity shop.

Earlier this month Big C moved the contents of its Norwich Castle Meadow shop to its new home at 26 Magdalen Street, along with a number of loyal volunteers.

The new shop has a good selection of men's, ladies' and children's wear, as well as books and bric-a-brac and is already proving to be a magnet for bargain hunters.

However the charity, which funds research and delivers services solely in Norfolk and Waveney, does still need good quality donated items.

Richard Lee, head of retail for Big C, said: 'We felt that it was the right time to move to new premises both from a retail point of view but also to allow more space in our Castle Meadow premises for the office to expand into what was our shop area.

'We are looking to have this as the head office reception, making it easier to access for those who need to visit the office.

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'Although we have started really well in Magdalen Street, we do need more donated goods, which can easily be dropped off at the shop and more shoppers to buy them.

'We are asking all the many people who have shopped with us in the past to take time to visit our new shop and I can guarantee that they won't be disappointed.'

This charity hopes the changes will help it to go from strength-to-strength in 2010, which is its 30th anniversary year.

It was formed in 1980 by David Moar and Clive Bamford, two young Norwich men who were obliged to travel to London for their cancer treatment. They were determined that people in Norfolk should have local access to the best treatment and care.

In the 29 years since the charity was established, more than �15m has been raised.

It has been spent on cancer equipment, support, care and world-class research only in Norfolk and Waveney.

Big C still has its shop at the top of Timberhill, opposite John Lewis, which is renowned for its collection of pre-loved wedding dresses, as well as shops in Great Yarmouth, Beccles, Sheringham and Wymondham.

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