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Harpenden Dogs Trust shop to reopen after fire

PUBLISHED: 11:42 25 April 2019 | UPDATED: 11:46 25 April 2019

The Dogs Trust charity shop in Harpenden is reopening following a fire. Picture: Clive Tagg

The Dogs Trust charity shop in Harpenden is reopening following a fire. Picture: Clive Tagg

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The Dogs Trust charity shop in Harpenden is reopening after being seriously damaged in a fire last year.

Fire at the Dogs Trust in Harpenden. Picture: Herts Fire and RescueFire at the Dogs Trust in Harpenden. Picture: Herts Fire and Rescue

Four fire engines were called to the shop in Station Road in January 2018. Nobody was in at the time and the flats above were unharmed, but the interior of the shop was almost completely destroyed.

The shop will reopen on Thursday, May 16, and Dogs Trust is calling on members of the public to donate unwanted items to help them restock the shelves.

They are also looking for volunteers to assist in the day-to-day running of the store, from greeting customers to manning the tills and sorting through donations.

Shop manager Kerry Howell said: “We are so delighted to be reopening our doors. It's been a long road to our reopening but we're so excited to welcome people back to the shop.

Fire at the Dogs Trust in Harpenden. Picture: Herts Fire and RescueFire at the Dogs Trust in Harpenden. Picture: Herts Fire and Rescue

“To help us make even more of an impact on May 16 we're asking for donations of unwanted items such as household ornaments, clothing, electrical items and DVDs.

“We're on site from April 23 Monday to Friday so if you're having a spring clean we'd love to be able to find a new home for your pre-loved treasures.”

Anyone with items to donate can drop them into the shop at 24 Station Road between 9am and 5pm Monday to Saturday. There is also the option to claim Gift Aid on any items donated.

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