Barnardo’s set to open after emergency repairs

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Barnardo’s local shop is set to re-open at the end of this week after a restoration project to repair storm damage.

Manager Anna Pirie is also appealing to the public to replenish stock to help prepare for the spring and summer.

The shop was forced to close two weeks ago after flooding caused thousands of pounds of damage to the building and ruined hundreds of items of stock.

It fell victim to the severe weather conditions in December which, on Christmas Eve, resulted in its basement and store room being inundated with water. Anna made the discovery when she returned from her Christmas break.

The problem was caused by a frozen and ruptured pipe in a flat above the High Street shop.

Loss adjusters from the charity’s insurance company surveyed the damage recently and the cost was estimated as being in five figures.

The flooding also wiped out more than 200 bags of stock which had been sorted and set aside for the new season.

Contractors were sent in to repair the damage and the shop will be open for business again on Friday.

Anna said: “We are in desperate need of donations; the stock we had prepared for the spring changeover and donations we were storing for summer have all been ruined by water as a result of the flood. We’re so grateful to everyone for donating their goods and devastated that they have been ruined.

“The work has now been completed and we can open our doors to the public again on, but we are now desperately in need of donations”.

The shop would be grateful for all good quality donations of clothes, shoes, bric-a-brac, linen, accessories, books and CDs.

Further information about how and when to donate is available by calling Anna on 01674 674909.