A boutique has opened its doors in High Street, Wanstead, in aid of a charity providing end of life services to people affected by cancer and other diseases.

St Francis Hospice has unveiled its latest store around the corner from Wanstead station, in the former Starbuck’s premises.

Shoppers can find high-quality clothes, accessories and household items and be assured that every purchase will benefit those with life-limiting illnesses.

It is the 15th store – the third in Redbridge – for the hospice based in Romford, Essex.

Although it’s no secret that retail outlets are facing tough times, the charity’s director of retail Michelle Nicholls believes the new shop will be a hit with locals.

“Our latest store is in the heart of Redbridge and we’re very excited to have the opportunity to serve Wanstead,” said Ms Nicholls.

“Wanstead brings a different look to our stores – it has a very boutique feel and we’re really looking forward to integrating ourselves into Wanstead and village life.

“Our retail outlets are a vital source of income as they achieve an annual turnover of £2.4m from donations.

“But what’s also important is that our stores help us to raise awareness of the wide-ranging services we provide at the hospice and in the community.”

The Mayor of Redbridge Cllr Debbie Kaur-Thiara formally opened the store on Thursday, November 29.

Among the dignitaries who attended were two families who have become huge supporters since their loved ones were under the charity’s care.

Cllr Kaur-Thiara spent time chatting with store manager Rosel Tonelli and her team of volunteers about her personal connection with St Francis Hospice.

“I visited my dear friend when she spent the last weeks of her life at the hospice in Havering-atte-Bower and I was so amazed at how beautiful and peaceful it was,” said Cllr Kaur-Thiara.

“Earlier this year I took a tour of the hospice and spoke with staff and found out about all the services the charity provides.

“Death affects everyone at some time in their lives and we need to do more to ensure Redbridge residents are aware of the wonderful services that are available to them.”

The store is now accepting high-quality unwanted goods. For information email Michelle on michellenicholls@sfh.org.uk.