Charity shop closes after more than 20 years in city

CLOSED: The Cancer Research UK shop in Preston has closed for the last time

CLOSED: The Cancer Research UK shop in Preston has closed for the last time

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A charity has closed its Preston shop after more than 20 years because the landlord decided to revamp the building.

The Cancer Research UK shop in Cheapside, Preston, closed its doors for the last time on Saturday August 24 after 23 years trading in the city.

Bosses behind the shop also want to say thank you to the people who have supported the charity and the customers who have generously donated goods and purchased items in its shop.

The charity has also praised the team of staff and volunteers who have dedicated their time to making it such a success. Area manager Jade Silva said: “We are very sad to close the Cancer Research UK shop in Cheapside, Preston.

“I would like to say a huge thank you to the team of volunteers who have given up their time over the years and have done a fantastic job, and to the community for the amazing support we’ve received.

“We have a responsibility to be profitable and in a climate of increasing rents it is unfortunately and sadly no longer viable for us to remain trading here.”

Since the shop opened in October 1990, it has raised £1.7m for Cancer Research UK’s life-saving work.

Cancer Research UK funds world-class research and clinical trials throughout the North West and last year spent nearly £21 million supporting the work of doctors, nurses and scientists at hospitals and major universities in the region.

The asset managers for the shop are Peloton Properties Ltd. and managing director Jonathan Nuttall said they made Cancer Research an offer to move to a nearby unit.

He said: “We offered them alternative accomodation on Fishergate within the scheme at a very attractive rental.”

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