SOUTHAM mayor Mike Gaffney praised Acorns’ care of life-limited children when he declared open the hospice’s new store in the town.
Shoppers packed the store following a ribbon-cutting ceremony in High Street on Saturday.
Sales of donated goods will help raise vital funds to support care for life limited children at Acorns Children’s Hospice, which costs £750 a day, per child, mostly raised from the community.
Cllr Gaffney said: “I believe Acorns do such a fantastic job of care, which depends on public donations to this very worthwhile charity.
“Southam already has a connection with Acorns through the Christmas Tree of Light, and local people’s generosity has raised £13,000 since I and another rotarian started it here in 2005.
“I am delighted Acorns have come here.”
The mayor met four-year-old Ellie-Mae Bailey, of Fenny Compton, who celebrated the opening with mum Nicci by snapping up a Belle outfit from Beauty and the Beast.
Cherry Bromhead, Acorns’ area retail manager, said: “It was great to see so many local people along to join in the celebrations and welcome Acorns to the town.”
To find out more about Acorns Children’s Hospice and how to raise funds call 0845 120 6892 or go online www.acorns.org.uk