THE British Heart Foundation (BHF) staff and volunteers celebrated the opening of the new shop.

The new charity shop at 79-81 Foregate Street, will help the BHF fund innovative life-saving research into heart and circulatory disease.

On opening day, shoppers were welcomed with a cutting of the ribbon, while customers from the surrounding area headed down to bag some bargains.

The shop was officially opened by Chester FC footballer Gary Roberts.

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Store manager Anna Smaga with staff and volunteers at the new British Heart Foundation Home Store in Chester

Suzanne Hales, area manager at the BHF, said: “The opening of the new Chester home store went extremely well. Each item sold will help the BHF fund life-saving heart research, so please do come by to see what great bargains are on offer.

"We still urgently need more donations so if you are having a clear out in the next few weeks, we would love to receive any unwanted furniture and home accessories. We even offer a free collection service so making large household donations couldn’t be easier, just get in touch with the shop if you would like to arrange one.

"If you would rather give the gift of time, we are always in need of volunteers who can spare a couple of hours a week, so please get in touch if you are interested.”

The Chester team would like to encourage people if they are in the area to pop into the store for a browse through their wide range of products and to learn more about donating unwanted items to the BHF.