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A shop which generates funds for a local cat charity will reopen its doors this Valentine’s Day with a celebratory love-themed opening.

Cats Protection’s Mere & Gillingham shop, located on the High Street, reopens this 14 February at 10am with a new look, new management team and a day of opportunities to celebrate love and cats.

On opening day the shop will be decorated in shades of red and pink, punctuated by valentine cards created by five to 11-year-olds from Gillingham Primary School for cats in the care of the charity’s local branch.

A raffle will give lucky shoppers the chance to win a variety of prizes including works donated by local artists and a voucher from a local beautician.

Cat-lovers wishing to support the shop but unable to attend the opening should keep an eye out at Asda on Station Road where the charity will be featured as part of the coin-drop at checkouts.

Proceeds from the shop help fund the charity’s long-standing local Mere & Gillingham Branch which rehomes unwanted cats and kittens across the Mere, Gillingham, Shaftesbury, Sherborne, Tisbury, Templecombe and Wincanton areas.

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Holly, one of the cats looked after by the charity.

Staff and volunteers at the shop are also keen to receive donations of good quality clothes, footwear, accessories, household goods as well as bric-a-brac, books and media. These can be dropped off at the shop during opening hours, which are between 9am and 5pm from Monday to Saturday. Anyone making donations will receive a voucher for 20 percent off in-store.

The shop is also in need of cat-loving volunteers who can help with sorting, hanging, steaming and pricing clothes ready for the shop floor, setting up eye-catching displays in the shop and serving customers.

Shop Manager Julie Russell says: ‘If you love to shop, love to volunteer or love to donate then ours is the shop for you! We’re looking forward to welcoming shoppers and cat-lovers alike to our opening day when we will be celebrating cats, love and our love of cats!

‘We’re really grateful to all our supporters within the local community who have made it possible for us to reopen through their generous donations and ongoing support for our brilliant local branch which does so much for cats across the area.

‘We are also keen to meet anyone who would like to volunteer at the shop. Although experience in a retail environment would be helpful, it’s certainly not required as we will provide plenty of help and support materials.

‘By sparing just a few hours a week it can make a huge difference to local cats in need. It’s also a great way to make new friends. Tea, coffee and biscuits are also supplied!’

Anyone with queries about donating goods to the shop or volunteering should call Julie on 01747 833 669 or email mereandgillingham.shopmanager@cats.org.uk.

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  1. ruth janczak
    13 February 2020 at 11:11 am — Reply

    Good luck to Julie Russell and her PURRfect team!!

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