This new Superstore is a Discount store with most items at £ 5 or less, they also have a range of new goods, and Greeting Cards, and is a convenient Donation Centre.
This is the 34th Superstore for Cancer Research Uk, and there are plans for more.
Unit 7, Newbury Retail Park, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 7HU
SURVIVORS AND FUNDRAISING FRIENDS OPEN
NEWBURY CANCER RESEARCH UK SUPERSTORE
WHEN new mums Claire Ellis and Mandy Keable bonded over babies in a Kingsclere Village Club, they never imagined their concerns over colic would be replaced with discussions about cancer treatment.
But fast-forward nine years and the neighbours have both faced being diagnosed with the disease. In 2019, Mandy was told she had breast cancer and as the mum-of-three was reaching the end of her treatment, Claire discovered she had bowel cancer.
Mandy said: “When you get diagnosed it’s devastating, and it’s tough going, but hope is the key, and seeing new treatments being developed every day by Cancer Research UK gives you something positive to focus on.
“That really helped me when I was having my treatment and look at us now, we’ve come through it and now we want to ensure future generations can live without fearing cancer.”
After supporting each other through illness, on Thursday 20th July, Claire and Mandy will once again come together, this time as VIP guests to officially open Cancer Research UK’s biggest store in Berkshire at Newbury Retail Park, Newbury, RG14 7HU.
The new shop is a discount superstore with products £5 or under, as well as new goods. It offers quality clothing and accessories, books and CDs, children’s wear, toys, and home wear, giving customers an affordable way to shop. All profit supports the charity’s life-saving research.
Along with donated items, it also sells a range of new greeting cards, accessories, and surplus stock gifted from high street corporate supporters of the charity.
Every year 53,500 people are diagnosed with cancer in the South East. Both Claire and Mandy received treatment that Cancer Research UK helped to develop and know how vital money raised at the new superstore will be.
Claire said: “I was diagnosed with bowel cancer after having digestive issues for years and although I suspected something sinister was behind it, it was still a very frightening thing to face.
“To prevent others from going through what we have had to go through, the answer is in the science, but we need funds to support the research.
“We all know what a buzz we feel bagging a bargain so with the new superstore, customers will get a double whammy knowing they’ve got a great deal and that the money they’ve spent is going to something so important.”
The cause is so close to their hearts that they even have their own fundraising committee, the Kingsclere Cancer Research Fundraiser (kingsclerecrf.org.uk) run with friends Beccy and Sean whose lives have also been affected by cancer.
They’ve already raised over £40,000 through a gala ball and auction and hope the shop might come in handy when people are supporting their events.
Mandy said: “Our next ball is on September 6th next year so we’ll be telling people all about the shop and perhaps they can pick up something to wear for it in the store.”
Julie Byard, Director of Trading for Cancer Research UK, said: “Our superstores have proved very popular with our customers elsewhere in the country. We think the Newbury store will be a welcome addition to Newbury Retail Park. We’re thrilled to be adding our own discount offering to the mix.
“As well as providing a great shopping experience, we hope the shop will inform, engage and inspire our supporters.”
Alison Greener, manager of the new superstore, said: “We’re delighted to be opening this fabulous new shop in Berkshire.
“We hope people will pop in and discover the range of bargains we offer. There’s lots of free parking right outside, so it is easy to drop off any unwanted items to donate to us.
“We’re really grateful to Claire and Mandy for coming along to be our special guests to cut the ribbon and officially open the shop.
“Their stories really bring home the importance of raising funds to support the charity’s ground-breaking work into the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer.”
The store has a number of volunteer roles on offer from serving customers to merchandising the displays.
“People can help get our new shop off to a flying start by shopping with us, donating stock for our shelves, or generously offering their time as volunteers,” said Alison.
“No matter how much time someone can give or what their experience is, we would love them to get in touch. It all helps toward our goal of beating cancer sooner,” she added.
The shop will be open seven days a week, from 10 am-6.30 pm Monday to Friday, 9 am-6 pm on Saturday and 10 am-4 pm on Sunday.
For more information about Cancer Research UK visit www.cruk.org/shops or follow @CRUKshops on Twitter.