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Calendar presenter opens New Martin House shop in Ripon

ITV Calendar presenter Christine Talbot has officially opened a new charity shop for Martin House Hospice in Ripon.

ITV Calendar presenter Christine Talbot has officially opened a new charity shop for Martin House Hospice Care for Children and Young People in Ripon.

Christine – an ambassador for Martin House – officially unveiled its newest shop on Fishergate, in the heart of Ripon city centre.

The Ripon shop – which had originally been due to open in November – is the 13th Martin House charity shop in the region. The shops, along with its furniture showroom, raise around £1.2 million each year to support the charity.

Christine said:

"I’m very proud to support Martin House, and I’m thrilled to be able to open this lovely new shop, which will help to raise money for an amazing local charity."

Martin House cares for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions from across West, North and East Yorkshire, providing planned respite care, emergency care, end of life care and bereavement support.

Stephanie Rimmington, head of retail at Martin House, said:

“We’re delighted to open this new shop in Ripon. There have been some real challenges to overcome as a result of the pandemic, but we’re looking forward to welcoming new customers, and becoming part of the Ripon community.

“We’ve got some amazing stock, and we are operating in a fully Covid-secure way, to make sure our staff, volunteers and customers stay safe at all times.

“The pandemic has had a huge impact on our ability raise money, which makes it all the more important for our shops to do well, so we hope the people of Ripon will support us.”

The new Martin House shop is on Fishergate, and is open Monday-Saturday, from 9am to 4pm. If you are interested in volunteering in the new shop, visit www.martinhouse.org.uk/volunteering or email volunteering@martinhouse.org.uk to find out more.

The shop also has its own Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MartinHouseRiponShop.

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