A SHOP in Stow has announced a new partnership to expand its offering.

The Sue Ryder shop, on the Square, has teamed up with Cotswold Move Manager, a local down-sizing move management service.

This partnership will allow the shop to collect large items of furniture and donations from those without the means to transport it themselves.

In turn, this will help fund the charity’s palliative, bereavement and neurological care services.

Lucy Rollinson, director at Cotswold Move Manager said: “Many of our clients are thrilled to donate their excess furniture and items to Sue Ryder.

“We often find that clients have experienced loved ones receiving care at its hospices, meaning our support to help them give back to the Sue Ryder charity is both meaningful and rewarding.

“As Cotswold Move Manager supports clients in their downsizing, part of my job is to find new homes for a large amount of furniture and belongings.

“When I suggest surplus items could go to Sue Ryder, it actually makes downsizing and parting with treasured possessions easier to endure, knowing that their unwanted items will be raising much needed funds for a great charity.”

The spring months are peak-moving months and so the Sue Ryder shop, based at Ross House, is currently receiving a van load a month.

It sells a range of second-hands goods, including clothes, accessories, homeware, furniture, electricals, music and books.

The money raised goes towards the charity’s work, which includes supporting people battling terminal illness, grieving families, and those with neurological conditions.

Annette Damon, cluster manager for Sue Ryder’s Cotswold region, added: “Working with Lucy is fantastic and we are incredibly lucky to have Cotswold Move on board to help supply goods for us to sell in the shop.

“Lucy’s team helps elderly members of the community downsize, often going from large family homes, to smaller retirement homes, so there’s often furniture and various bric-a-brac items looking for new homes.

“Customers have enjoyed seeing this new stock in store. The donated items are very well looked after and are usually in perfect condition, meaning that members of the local community can get their hands on a bargain, as we sell at a price point much lower than the high street!

“I’d like to thank Lucy and her team for all they do and invite members of the public to visit the shop to see what treasures they can find.”

The Stow Sue Ryder shop is open Monday to Saturday from 9.30am to 4.30pm.